Over 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for ID to be made a requirement on social media, as people will then be held accountable for sharing offensive comments.
The appeal has resurfaced following the racist abuse England players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho faced after missing their penalties against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Originally, it was launched by Katie Price whose eldest son Harvey has received the ‘worst kind of abuse’ online since he was a child.
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The petition reads: “My son Harvey is disabled. He is also the kind and gentle son of a person regularly in the public eye. The Online Harms Bill doesn’t go far enough in making online abuse a specific criminal offence and doing what ‘Harvey’s Law’ intended. To make the law work needs the removal of anonymity to ensure that users cannot cause harm by using online platforms to abuse others.
“Where an offence has taken place, they ought to be easily identified and reported to the police and punished. We have experienced the worst kind of abuse towards my disabled son and want to make sure that no one can hide behind their crime.”
Since resurfacing, the petition has been shared by celebrities such as Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure.
The actress said: “Get this signed and retweeted. Make verified ID a requirement for opening a social media account.
“This can only help to monitor trolls for all kinds of abuse. Surely we have the technology to make this safe for all.”
Back in May, the government responded to the petition and said that there were plans for something to be done about offensive social media activity. But, as of yet, no action has been made.
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