Nikki Haley vows to abolish anonymous social media accounts: 'It's a national security threat'

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Nikki Haley vows to abolish anonymous social media accounts: 'It's a national security threat'​


by JACKSON WALKER | The National Desk

Tue, November 14th 2023, 5:47 PM EST


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Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

WASHINGTON (TND) — Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley says a lack of transparency over social media is becoming detrimental to the American population.
“When I get into office, the first thing we have to do, social media companies, they have to show America their algorithm,” Haley said during an interview with Fox News Tuesday. “Let us see why they’re pushing what they’re pushing.”


Haley continued, saying she fears a rise in anonymous social media accounts could lead to widespread misinformation and potentially pose a national security threat.
“Every person on social media should be verified by their name. It’s a national security threat," she said. "When you do that, all of a sudden people have to stand by what they say and it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots and the Chinese bots.”

Such a move would lead to an increase in “civility,” Haley believes.

“When they know their pastor, their family members can see it, it's going to help our kids and it's going to help our country," she said.

Haley's comments echoed similar sentiments shared by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who recently called for a ban of popular social media platform TikTok over the increasing pro-Hamas content appearing on the service.

“They use it as a news aggregator," Sen. Hawley said of young people using TikTok. "And if you look at much of what is trending on TikTok, if you look at the volume of pro-Hamas, frankly, pro-genocidal content.”

This week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state had “ramped up” its social media surveillance due to surging antisemitis. She described the recent treatment of Jewish New Yorkers as “painful.”

“It’s painful to me as the governor of this great state — that has been known for its diversity, and how we celebrate different cultures, different religions, different viewpoints — it’s painful to see the cruelty with which New Yorkers are treating each other," Gov. Hochul said. "Everywhere from college campuses, to our streets, to schools, to playgrounds, even as they’re entering their houses of worship."
 

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China removes anonymity of bloggers' accounts with more than 500,000 followers​

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October 31, 2023 at 8:22 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's most popular social media platforms on Tuesday announced that "self-media" accounts with more than 500,000 followers will be asked to display real-name information, a controversial measure that has prompted concerns over doxxing and privacy among some users.

"Self-media" includes news and information not necessarily approved by the government, a genre of online content regulators have cracked down on in recent years to "purify" China's cyberspace.

Doxxing is the public release of sensitive information identifying an individual or organisation, like a home address or phone number.

Messaging and payment app WeChat, microblogging platform Weibo, Douyin, China's version of Tik Tok, search engine giant Baidu, social e-commerce app Xiaohongshu, video sharing website Bilibili, among others, published separate statements on Tuesday.

Rumours of the new policy had prompted lively debate among users.

Some, like former state media editor Hu Xijin, have defended the measure as necessary in order to force influential accounts to use more responsible speech.


Others, however, have expressed concerns that the measure would make doxxing easier and platforms would further remove online users' anonymity in the future.

Platforms have already moved to assuage users' concerns. Weibo CEO Wang Gaofei said two weeks ago that the policy would not be expanded to include accounts with follower counts below 500,000.

Bytedance's Douyin said on Tuesday that it would not ask for anything besides real names and that it would only allow verified accounts to view such information, adding that accounts deemed "risky" or "abnornal" would be prevented from seeing others' real names.

The new measures will remove the anonymity of thousands of influencers on social media platforms that are used daily by hundreds of millions of Chinese.

Several of the platforms said that accounts with over 1 million followers would be affected first and those that do not comply would face restrictions in their online traffic and income as a consequence.
(Reporting by Eduardo Baptista, editing by Ed Osmond and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
 

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Nikki getting rid of the burner accounts under the guise of "national security" knowing good and well it's about sending the goons at people running their mouths too much. :wow:
Even more petty. It's about having a better way to find out which dating apps her man's on.

She just tanked her campaign but, Joe Biden just lost 25 percent of the female vote.

Makes no sense. The government can find you if necessary. Is this for agencies with less jurisdiction
 
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