That's not my name! Practical problems in real name policies.


A human holds up some paper with a mysterious script printed on it.

Once in a while, big companies suggest that the answer to abuse is to ban anonymity and institute a Real Names policy. This time, it is Google's turn. They think that critical software should only be authored by people with "real names". I don't want to go into whether this is a good idea or…

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How To Add Twitter's "Report Abuse" Button To Your App


You can't. I mean, not officially. There's nothing in the API documentation, and all my attempts to contact Twitter on this matter have been ignored. If you're getting abuse on Twitter you have to use the official Twitter clients to report people. No matter that 3rd party clients may be better at protecting your privacy,…

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