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Should Social Networks Force Users to Use Their Real Identity?
Social networks should force users to use their real identity
Identity checks are necessary to reduce cyberbullying by giving 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
Facebook and Google Plus already require a
and do not allow a name change without proof.
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.
Verifying the existence of the account owner's identity does not mean that they will be the only one with access to that account.
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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