Social media has become weaponized. And, while this weaponization poses serious threats to our country in the long term, the short term threat is to social media itself.
Some form of identity verification in social media would guarantee that every account is linked to a registered user. Call it a license or a permit or whatever. But each user must register with a real name, a real address, be issued an account number and perhaps a secret code. Not unlike the security surrounding credit cards today. Without it, you can’t open a Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or YouTube account.
This is a proposal from a mainstream media outlet for what I said was likely to happen. This method will not work any better as there will be ways to steal people’s identities.
Further, this proposal enables 24 x 7 surveillance of your online activities, more thoroughly than those used by NSA-buddies Google and Facebook.
Update: Yep, Twitter is moving in this direction, will open “verified” accounts to all users.