Social networks should have access to real identities to flush out abusers, says Jess Phillips
This Labour MP is calling for social media accounts to be identifiable to social network operators even if they remain publically anonymous.
Over the weekend the security minister, Ben Wallace, said digital IDs should be brought in to end online anonymity that permits bullying and grooming. During the G7 summit the prime minister, Theresa May, called for the tech giants to clamp down on attacks against women.
Even though I mostly agree with this, it seems flawed in that it forces operators to take sanctions that if they were attempted in law would run into problems with attempts to enforce them in other countries. Could this be seen as an attempt to get around that? If somebody in China issued a death threat and the Chinese had no law to prosecute it could the social media operator be coerced into action?
I am unsure about the logistics and effectiveness of this, thoughts?