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Should Social Networks Force Users to Use Their Real Identity?
Social networks should force users to use their real identity
Social media is known to have a negative affect on mental health, particularly for its predominantly young user-base. Identity checks would not only reduce cyberbullying, but would also give parents more tools to protect their children from the harmful aspects of social networks
It would increase the safety of being online because you would know who you were talking to.
This would hold people accountable for what they post, thus reducing abuse.
It would be much easier to identify and stop crime, for example fraud and scams.
Social networks would no longer facilitate hate groups and terrorists.
Facebook and Google Plus already require a real name and do not allow a name change without proof; when acquiring YouTube, Google forced the use of real names and tied YouTube to a Google Plus profile, which improved the quality of comment sections.
Verifying the existence of the account owner's identity does not mean that they will be the only one with access to that account.
Some people would be unable to provide proper documentation.
Social networks exist for the users. Some networks are predicated on the idea of using your real identity, such as LinkedIn, while on many others it is unnecessary, such as forums. Users should have freedom of choice
This would violate the right to privacy.
There are many legitimate reasons to have a private profile, such as people fleeing abuse or discrimination.
This would be impractical to implement.
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