5. Significantly reduce the prevalence and influence of anonymous account
Evidence shows that the majority of abuse and misinformation online comes from anonymous accounts. This needs to be addressed - but it must be done with sensitivity for the fact that whistleblowers and other potentially vulnerable individuals may need to use an anonymous account to protect their identity.
We believe there is an approach that could balance these competing demands. Social media users with a UK IP address should be required to register their full name and address when creating an account. When signing up they should be offered the opportunity to create a “verified” or “unverified” account. To gain verified status should require a user to upload a photo and/or other piece of personal identification. Verified users should then be offered the opportunity to exclude from their social feeds unverified users.
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