Vera Baird, head of the UK and Wales Victims Commission, stated that social media users should not be allowed to post from anonymous accounts.
Vera Baird told local news agency PA that platforms such as Twitter and Facebook should not allow users to register without providing information to identify them.
Pointing out that users who hide their real names can target others without fear of legal sanctions, Baird said, “People sit at home with funny names and say the most horrible things. They enjoy it because they cannot be detected.”
Baird emphasized that there are parallels between attacking a hateful attack on someone online and stalking someone at home.
“The government should contact the platforms”
Baird argued that people do not need to be prevented from using a nickname or a humorous name, but that the owners of the nicknames should provide their credentials when creating their accounts, which would help them to be tracked by the police if needed.
“Of course, you need to be able to identify people acting this way, and the government should contact the platforms to ensure that these people are identified,” said Baird.
Racist posts are made
In recent months on social media in the UK, player Marcus Rashford targeted singer Jesy Nelson, as well as former soldier Tom Moore, who raised funds for the National Health Service (NHS) in the COVID-19 outbreak and died on February 2. shares were made.
Despite all this, Twitter announced that it will not end the practice of allowing people to share from anonymous accounts.
The Victims Commission for England and Wales under the UK government is tasked with protecting the interests of victims and witnesses of crime and supporting victims.