Jul 16, 2021

Social Media Platforms to Require ID Verification

After England crashed out of UEFA Euros 2020 some disappointed fans took to their social media accounts to racially abuse the three England payers that did not score in the penalty shootout and contributed to England’s defeat, namely Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho. Many perpetrators of online hatred and racial abuse hide behind private and false accounts, providing anonymity.

However, other fans who have rightly objected to the racism have taken a stance and circulated an online petition to discourage such behaviour by making it a criminal offence, and specifically for social media to legally require a verified ID for users when creating an account. In turn, this will help identify users and to hold them accountable for misusing their platform, and to punish them accordingly. Additionally, this will help pursue intellectual property infringements against users who market infringing products and post other infringing content.

The petition was initially launched by former model and TV personality Katie Price after her son Harvey, who has learning difficulties and behavioural problems, was subject to online hate. Currently, there is nearly 700,000 signature, and so the next step is for the Government to discuss the petition as this more than exceeds the 100,000 threshold.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Megan Walker in: EU/International, Legal News, News, Regulatory

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