Idris Elba has suggested that social media platform make it mandatory for people to identify themselves properly before creating an account.
The British actor made this statement on his Instagram page considering the recent spate of trolling and racial abuse on social media.
Elba’s proposition comes after social media platforms were inundated with racist messages and posts directed at three Black players on England’s football team, following a tough loss to Italy last week in the UEFA Euro 2020 championship match.
“People in the public eye get verified on social media, (symbolised by a blue tick), the process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so everyone knows WHO is speaking,” Elba wrote.
“SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS,” he added. The “Beasts Of No Nation” actor explained that allowing users to create accounts without identifying themselves is similar to “boarding a plane and not having to show I.D.”
“If cowards are being supported by a veil of privacy and secrecy, then social media is not a safe space. It is an aeroplane that allows travellers to wear balaclavas.” A balaclava, also known as ski mask, is a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only part of the face, usually the eyes and mouth.
Elba concluded that, “if cowards want to spout racial rhetoric then say it with your name, not your username.”