The Associated Press:LA-based "Formspring.me" service to reveal identities of anonymous users
UPDATE: The story of Formspring being a hoax looks itself to be a hoax
. Big thanks to our own Alan for pointing this out.
Formspring.me was an anonymous service where you could submit questions to people. A ton of people used it and shared some personal, some stupid, and some douchey comments.
Except it's *not* anonymous. Instead it's an elaborate April Fool's Day prank that will reveal the identities and Facebook accounts of everyone who participated, revealing their doucheness and secrets for all the world to see.
So is it a cautionary tale about anonymity on the internet, or just a dick move?
LOS ANGELES — Twelve administrators of the website Formspring.me, including CEO Mark Baxter were arrested on Monday for data phishing and misleading the public, when the site was revealed to be a "social experiment," which will culminate in the automatic revealing of users' private data on April 1, 2010.
Baxter, 28, was sentenced in Van Nuys Superior Court for the creation of said website, which allows users to "send and receive anonymous questions, and learn more about people you find interesting by following their answers."
Over 2 million people have used the site to communicate anonymously with other users since its creation in 2009.
"We allow users to sign up for an account and ask questions anonymously, but we still store their data next to the question. For legal purposes," said Baxter, in a January interview.
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