Social Media should enforce common sense online

By October 30, 2015Terrorism

It’s absurd that Americans have to show a valid ID to buy beer, cigarettes, rent a car, get on a plane, cross the border — the list goes on — but virtually nothing is required to be on social media.

Facebook and Twitter need to stop being apathetic and do something about this wired Wild West.

“Twitter, other instant messaging, and encrypted communications have made the recruiting efforts of extremists easier and pervasive over the past two years,” warned FBI Director James Comey in a recent alert.

The harsh reality is terrorists are logged on 24 hours a day spreading toxic propaganda.

This week, 20,000 Israelis joined a civil lawsuit in New York seeking to force Facebook to remove terrorists’ pages from the site. The suit also calls for blocking users who post videos glorifying and encouraging terrorist attacks.

Clearly social media networks have an ethical responsibility to implement common-sense safety measures — such as using modern technology readily available — to block terrorists. Twitter should also institute a verifiable identification process of all its users, not just celebrities and VIPs who currently get “verified” with the blue check mark symbol next to their names.

Social media networks must get serious, or Congress should pass a law demanding it.

And anyone who refuses to produce a valid form of identification — that can be cross-checked — should be blocked from using social media networks. Period.

Violators who falsify their identity should be reported to authorities.

Twitter, Facebook and other social media giants may not like working harder to keep us safe, but do we have any choice?

Obviously our national security is more important than updates on what you’re cooking for dinner or the date that just went bad.

Social media networks should charge customers a nominal user fee to cover security costs without government involvement.

We cannot forget how much 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and other terror attacks have cost us — both in human terms and economic ones. We can either make this investment now or pay later.

The choice is ours.

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” on Boston Herald Radio, airing 6-9 a.m. weekdays. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

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