Prime Minister’s Advisor Urges Twitter and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to Introduce User Verification Process
David Cameron’s advisor Claire Perry said that Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) must allow its users the freedom to block any unwanted or unidentified messages so that they can stop trolling and bullying activities on both these social media websites.
Perry isn’t too happy about the efforts that are being carried out by internet companies to prevent online bullying. According to her, social media threats raise the number of prosecution activities. Perry believes that if users had the ability to block anonymous communication then bullying can be prevented.
Perry also said that process of verification online can be helpful and effective for some critical issues; she herself received threats online during the summer. She said that after receiving abuse on Twitter she believes the social media websites are not doing anything major to deal with this problem.
She said that users get upsetting comments, such as rape and murder threats on social media websites because these people know that they won’t be identified. She believes if social media websites can come up with a way of identifying these people then this problem can be solved to a great extent. Perry is Cameron’s advisor for issues, such as sexulisation and commercialization of children with a focus on online pornography; she is also active on the internet bullying issue.
Ed Vaizey, a Tory culture minister believes that all social media websites should sit down and discuss and consider Perry’s suggestions. Facebook says that its policy requires people to use their real names however according to a Twitter executive during a hearing, users can use whatever name they want.
In the premarket, shares of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) went up by 0.35% and in the last activity shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) went up by 1.48% ($41.75).