Anonymity in Social Media

Phoenix Law Review, Vol. 7, 2013

18 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2014

Date Written: 2013


This article speaks to the adoption of pseudonyms in social media and the legal viability of such usage. It walks through the historical justification of anonymous speech in the United States, and points out the conflict between those free speech philosophies and current needs to identify anonymous online users. The article also explains how and why an anonymous online user can be unmasked through use of legal process.

Keywords: social media, internet, law, free speech, defamation, right to remain anonymous, Communications Decency Act

Suggested Citation

Rogal, Laura, Anonymity in Social Media (2013). Phoenix Law Review, Vol. 7, 2013, Available at SSRN:

Laura Rogal (Contact Author)

Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. ( email )

3200 N. Central Ave.
Ste. 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
United States

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