The public overwhelmingly support interventions to reduce the number and influence of anonymous social media accounts according to polling released today.
In a survey conducted by Opinium with Compassion in Politics, 4 in 5 social media users (81%) say that they would be willing to provide a piece of personal identification to a social media platform in order to receive a “verified” account.
Creating “verified” users with the option to filter out all “non-verified” users from their social media news streams is seen as one of the most effective options for curtailing the reach of anonymous accounts. According to the survey, 3 in 4 (72%) people would choose to remove all unverified user-content from their feed if that option was available.
On 3rd February 2021 the All-Party Groups for Compassionate Politics and Digital Regulation and Responsibility co-hosted a parliamentary on online abuse - why we need to address it and how that can be done using the upcoming government's Online Harms Bill.
The event was Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP - Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics and MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth - and closed by Jeremy Wright MP, Chair of the APPG for Digital Regulation and Responsibility. Panelists were:
- Seyi Akiwowo, Director of Glitch
- Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher at HOPE not hate
- Siobhan Baillie, MP for Stroud
- Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury.
You can watch clips of each of the speakers and the full session below.