“They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” declares Donald Trump. This is a clear call for sweeping censorship, and it makes anonymity more important than ever. If Congress rubber-stamps him, it will be more dangerous than ever.
When the free press is threatened, anonymous Internet accounts can keep the truth coming. It isn’t easy. You don’t know which ones are reliable and which are just grabbing for attention. Still, whistleblowers and leakers are sometimes our only source of the truth. Some put their names on their work and risk the fury of their governments. Others stay anonymous so they can stay where they are and keep the information coming.
Being anonymous is hard.
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