Idris Elba, an actor, has expressed his views on social media anonymity. The 48-year-old actor took to Instagram to express his displeasure with the app’s authentication system.
He wrote in his post:People in the public eye get verified on social media, (symbolised by a blue tick), the process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so everyone knows WHO is speaking,” he said.
SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS.” “Currently, social media is like boarding a plane and not having to show I.D. THAT would never happen,” Idris went on.“If cowards are being supported by a veil of privacy and secrecy, then social media is not a safe space. It is an aeroplane that allows travellers to wear balaclavas. If cowards want to spout racial rhetoric then say it with your name, not your username,” he concluded.
Many of his famous friends loved his post, and Indian actress Sonam Kapoor reposted it on her Instagram Stories!
In an interview with Radio Times in July 2020, Elba discussed diversity in television and the need for change, according to dailymail.co.uk.
“I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech. Instead, there should be a ratings system warning viewers that a film or show has outdated, insulting viewpoints,” he said. Without referring to any specific programme, Idris wrote “To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it… I think viewers should know that people made shows like this. Commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you