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Author: Bing Bai

ChronicleMe: An Anonymous Social Network Built in Syracuse

After receiving troubling family news in his dorm room at Phillips Exeter Academy, Anthony Richichi did what many young people do: he went to a social network forum for support. He wanted to release his anxiety and to get support from his Facebook friends. However, the worry that the entire story of his family issue would be exposed to the viral nature of the internet made him hold back. Social networks are designed to be a place where people can freely express themselves, but they are not. Richichi said, “We, as social media users, seldom express authenticity and vulnerability because...

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