The hosts of The View were in unanimous agreement that social media platforms must mandate a form of identification so users can prove that they are actual people before creating accounts.
The idea was first introduced by co-host Whoopi Goldberg who said that she receives multiple hateful comments from anonymous social media users. Her views are also inspired by the anonymous racially-charged cyberbullying aimed at black British athletes following Britain’s Euro Cup loss. “[Actor] Idris Elba wants social media sites to make users prove their identities so they cannot troll people anonymously. Now, do you think this would work, Sunny?” Goldberg asked.
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Sunny Hostin responded, “I really do… I mean, I am subjected, daily, to racist attacks on social media… Sometimes in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands, and it’s — it’s painful, it’s hurtful, and it’s always from someone who has a cat icon, a flag icon, a frog icon, you know, all sorts — an eagle icon, and they are, I believe, just Twitter thugs, social media thugs, hiding in their mama’s basements” (Daily Caller).
Hostin went on to state that the users’ anonymity makes it easier to say hateful things. “These are cowards, and, you know, people are always talking about I.D. necessary for all sorts of things, then I.D. certainly should be necessary, a verified I.D. before you start a social media account, because the reason people are trolling like this is because there are little to no consequences because of their anonymity,” she added (Fox News).
All five hosts of The View agreed that social media users use their anonymity to fuel their hate, and therefore that social media platforms should require users to show identification before creating accounts.