Call for Government to make fake identities on social media illegal

Cllr Love believes the gap in the law has to be closed especially where, “allegedly so-called pillars of the community or those in public office are using fake profiles on our Island to hurt others”.

fake facebook

Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes, Cllr Karl Love has called on the Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane and Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely to put pressure on the Government to outlaw fake online identities on social media platforms.

Cllr Love has written to the PCC and MP pointing out the harm that is caused by those using fake identities and how media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook should be held responsible in exposing those spreading evil hatred, bullying and intimidation.

Not currently illegal
He went on to explain that when he complained about hate crime fake profiles, he was informed by a senior police officer that “fake profiles are not illegal and little could be done to prevent them as it is difficult to trace the perpetrators”.

Cllr Love believes the gap in the law has to be closed especially where, “allegedly so-called pillars of the community or those in public office are using fake profiles on our Island to hurt others”.

Cllr Love’s letter to MP and PCC

Dear Mr Seely and Mr Lane

I am contacting with reference to online Hate Crimes conducted in social media platforms.

I personally have had cause to raise and report such matters with the Isle of Wight Police on two occasions about fake profiles online which conceal the activity of haters.

I note locally, online discussions this week from other political leaders that say they too have been targeted by haters online using fake profiles. I am not at liberty to discuss what I believe to be true in relation to these haters, but it does appear that these haters are fully aware of how to manipulate online platforms to their own advantage without fear of facing any retribution for their actions.

I would ask you both to pursue this matter legally and in the House of Commons. I would be bringing a motion in Parliament proposing making it illegal for people to create fake online social media profiles that causes harm and behind which haters and bullies hide.

I would be holding media platforms responsible for exposing haters and enabling our Constabulary to more easily investigate especially as it seems some perpetrators are in positions of public or government office.

Fake profiles are used to spread evil hatred, bullying and intimidation while concealing the identity and actions of perpetrators.

It is clear to me that there is widespread use of this method of hatred and this Government should move to close the legal gaps and enable proper investigation to take place.

When I and another individuals have complained about hate crimes including the use of fake profiles, we were informed by a senior police officer that fake profiles are not illegal and little could be done to prevent them and that it is difficult to trace the perpetrators.

This Gap in the law has to be closed especially where, as described to me and online, allegedly so called pillars of the community or those in public office are using fake profiles on our Island to hurt others.

I feel that this is something which your office and leadership could champion for our nation in parliament.

I look forwards to hearing your thoughts on this matter.

Cllr Karl Love

Image: Quote Catalog

Monday, 5th November, 2018 12:26pm

By

ShortURL: http://wig.ht/2lMf

Filed under: Government, Island-wide, Isle of Wight News, Police, Top story

Any views or opinions presented in the comments below are solely those of the author and do not represent those of OnTheWight.

Leave your Reply

9 Comments on "Call for Government to make fake identities on social media illegal"

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Email updates?
jess
Good luck with that Cllr Love. English common law is that anyone can use any identity they wish, except for fraudulent purposes. Many people use pseudonyms for valid reasons including free speech, expressing ideas and thoughts freely, when using their own name may lead to caution, eg peer pressure, employer pressure. Inter alia there cannot be such a thing as a “fake identity”. The real call should… Read more »
peterj

Good lord, has Cllr Love only just started using the Internet? This is seriously one of the most embarrassingly naive demands I have ever heard, and that includes the County Press web site ‘house rules’.

Karl
😆 I came from the generation who invented the internet so I think I know a few things about it as I’ve been using it for many years. I’m not an Internet expert and I have Demanded nothing in my comments. Should we not strive to make further improvements to its us and safety! We see tonight the vile hate actions of burning an effigy of the… Read more »
Another perspective
Bullying is wrong, period, and you are right Karl, it can lead to victims taking their own lives. Bullying is often the hallmark of those in power, applied to the weak and disenfranchised in our society. The British public I believe are intelligent enough to differentiate between valid comment and vicious attack be it made openly or anonymously, the latter is likely to result in sympathy for… Read more »
Mark L Francis

Curses! Now I will be outed ! My true identity will be revealed as… Vladimir Oblenskivitch Putin!
There – I’ve said – its a huge weight off my shoulders, I can tell you. I only came to the Isle of Wight to view the height of your wonderful cathedrals.

calderjon

I just long for the days when grown ups were grown ups. People were not offended by everything and common decency coupled with a sense of shame was enough to keep everything in check……progression costs doesn’t it?

davimel
I too have been a victim of hatred and abuse caused by posts and comments about my personal circumstances. I was once pushed to the very edge of sanity and talked seriously about suicide. Where once I could talk quite openly about my physical abilities and disabilities I was suddenly the victim of hate speak and vitriol over my situation and as a result I kept very… Read more »
Crystal Mighty

Being allowed to express an opinion without validating ones true identity should be illegal. That goes without saying, obviously.

Furthermore, anyone who wishes to express an opinion online should be readily prepared to connect their pain receptors, directly over VPN, to GCHQ. Good behaviour must be maintained.

vladdish
It is interesting to note that the key message of Isle of Wight Pride was “against hate” . Like you I am well aware that people with better internet knowledge than myself, know how to create and use fake social media accounts to inflict hatred and suffering. Something which, must be dealt with as a serious crime by the Police. I haven’t seen anything in the press… Read more »