A British Home Secretary is said to be advocating removing anonymity on social media after MP Sir David Amess was killed in an Islamist-inspired attack that happened after anonymous postings against him.
Priti Patel said that everything is on the table including removing anonymity, in order to solve the killing.
“There is work taking place already. We have an Online Harms Bill that will come to Parliament, there is working taking place on it right now,” she said.
Many British citizens as well as those from Hong Kong and elsewhere use anonymity to freely post their thoughts online, and say free speech rights would be harmed if anonymity was taken away.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday: “I work with a lot of people, whether it is the women of Belarus or the pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, whistleblowers as well – people for whom anonymity on social media can be life-saving.”
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