Anonymity and the Internet
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on the use of social networking sites.
We do, however, recognise that issues can occur with personal anonymity on the internet.
Groups may find it helpful to mention this issue when reading the Anonymity Card; with a foot note such as this:
“We ask that you do not take or post photographs or talk about our meeting or the people you meet here, when using social networking sites.
Anonymity is a personal choice, comments and the posting of photographs can break the anonymity of others”.
Usernames and passwords deployed on social media sites such as facebook are more for site security than user identity protection; once you log onto the site you should assume all that you post to be in the public domain.
Your own profile may be restricted, according to your security settings, but if you post comments, or pictures, on other peoples ‘timeline’ they may become public, and once out there, that’s where they stay.
Your anonymity is your own business, but you should not break other peoples.
AA Guide Lines below:
‘When using digital media AA members are responsible for their own anonymity and that of others’
‘When we post, text or blog, we should assume that we are publishing at the public level’
‘When we break our anonymity in these forums, we may inadvertently break the anonymity of others’
© Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. 2011.