Dan Walker causes controversy with suggestion to reduce amount of social media ‘numpties’
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Dan Walker, 43, was looking towards the future as he imagined a world where “vile” abuse didn’t exist online. It’s a nice idea, but his suggestion for all social media platforms to require photo ID for a person to set up an account caused quite the debate between his followers, some who agreed with the BBC Breakfast host and others who believed it would could be dangerous for people’s identity to be exposed.
How hard would it be to implement a system where you can’t get an account without photo ID?
Taking to Twitter, Dan pondered what could help eradicate the intolerable abuse some, including himself, receives on a daily basis.
He jotted his ideas down, writing: “Some of the abuse on here is truly vile.
“How hard would it be to implement a system where you can’t get an account without photo ID? Removing the cloak of anonymity would surely reduce the number of fooligans & numpties.”
The suggestion sparked a major discussion in the comments section, with one user replying in agreement: “100% people shouldn’t be able to hide behind a made up name and a photo of a badge!”
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Another added: “It’s not a stupid idea at all. Photo ID is probably the only logical way to stop it. Word and content monitors do not work, so what else is there to try?”
“People on all social media should be named, it’s outrageous that so many people can abuse others because they are hiding behind fake names and photos,” agreed a third.
“It’s time the police dealt with these bigoted people. Say no to racism and say no to keyboard warriors.”
But others worried about the danger of having information readily available.
“Yet another famous bluetick demanding everyone by id’ed online, blithely unaware of how many ordinary people that would effectively exclude from having a voice online,” snapped one.
A second worried: “That’s really dangerous Dan, there are very valid reasons people don’t want photo id for these things as it could endanger their safety not to mention it could still easily be got around.”
Someone else added: “Every time this comes up! 1) Not everyone has a photo ID (world wide service!) 2) I’m sure that the nice oppressive govs of the world would LOVE to find all the people on here criticising them by their IDs and wouldn’t lock them up or anything, stop suggesting it, stupid idea.”
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In 2019, the UK implemented new laws to govern online safety, unveiling tough new measures.
An independent regulator was appointed to enforce stringent new standards and social media firms must now abide by mandatory “duty of care” to protect users and could face heavy fines if they fail to deliver.
These measures were the first of their kind in a bid to make the internet a safer place.
Recently, Dan’s TV nemesis Piers Morgan, also declared his own take on the matter.
The TV star revealed his scheme in his manifesto, as part of the on-going joke he would run for Prime Minister in the future.
He too suggested he would regulate Twitter, and make UK users put their real name, real photo, and real place of work, in their profile.
“That would instantly stop 99 percent of all the vile anonymous trolling that increasingly pollutes the platform,” he said.
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