Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jim Browning: Calling Scammers By Their Real Names

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On the one hand we have a wealth of evidence that real-name policies don't make people behave themselves online, and then the other hand we have examples like this where people get spooked by you knowing their real names. The difference, though, is that in this case the knowledge of a bad actor's real name can facilitate meaningful consequences, whereas being a toxic little shit on social media doesn't really have any meaningful consequences so the real names don't matter.

Thankfully there are consequences for being a scammer so that simply calling them by their real names is enough to disrupt their operation all by itself, regardless of whether or not the consequences work out the way they ought to.