Twitter and Facebook users will be given new permission to block anonymous accounts from viewing their posts in a campaign to crack down on online trolls.
The move is one of a number of new restrictive measures being imposed by ministers to prevent cyber bullies from spreading hate and secrecy online.
Culture Minister Nadine Dorries – who has been mocked online – wants to make it easier to prevent Twitter trolls from hiding behind the mask of anonymity.
Under the radical change, social media bosses will be given new capabilities to track which accounts are anonymous.
Users of the social network will then be able to prevent anonymous accounts from interacting with them online.
There will also be a crackdown on ‘phoenix accounts’ – those who were shut down for posting sick abuse online but sprouted up under a different name.
And tech bosses will be told they must turn over information more quickly to police, who are investigating anonymous accounts suspected of breaking the law.
Currently, airlines can take months to hand over details to authorities.
Ministers say the new measures will help them track down sick villains abusing public figures, as England footballers have received horrific racist taunts on the internet. network after the Euro final.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all made sick comments about them.
But ministers have decided not to ban anonymous accounts online entirely, as they argue that keeping internet secrecy can be important for some vulnerable people.
“It will give people the ability to protect themselves from anonymous trolls if they want to,” said one government insider.
Boris Johnson has come under great pressure to toughen the Online Safety Bill to stop anonymous online scammers.
The calls were renewed after Tory MP Sir David Amess was killed last year.
Sir David’s close friend and colleague in parliament, Mark Francois, called on the Prime Minister to pass a new ‘David Law’ to end online anonymity.
During an emotional debate before parliament last October, he told the Prime Minister: “In the last few years, David has become increasingly concerned about what he calls the toxic environment in which MPs, especially congresswomen, must be active.
“He’s appalled at what he calls the horrendous falsehood of abuse that congresswomen have suffered online and he recently told me he wanted to do something about it.”
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/4748076/twitter-facebook-block-anonymous-accounts/ Facebook and Twitter users will be able to block anonymous accounts from seeing their posts in a crackdown on online trolls