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Cheek, Managing Director of KYC Specialist, SmartSearch explores the role of
electrical ID verification (EIDV) in reducing online abuse.
to recent research by DataReportal, there are close to half a billion new social media users across the
globe, with Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp proving most popular. These
platforms receive millions of reports every month for online abuse, with
numbers continuing to rise, specifically around anonymous posting. As experts
around the world explore ways to reduce online abuse, could 2022 be the year we
see widespread adoption of ID verification in the social media space?
for ID verification
year, Katie Price ’s Track A Troll petition got a wave of fresh support
following the racist abuse received by England players in the Euro 2020 final.
Although the petition received over 100,000 signatures earlier in the year,
after England's loss the number rose to a further 600,000 people supporting ID
verification as a requirement for opening a social media account.
practice, ID verification involves linking a real-world identity to each
person's online persona, under the understanding that people will be less
likely to abuse and attack people online with the realisation that such
behaviour could lead to penalties in the real world and indeed act as a
government, however, believes the ability to remain anonymous online is
important and can protect vulnerable members of the public who may want to keep
their identity private for different reasons which includes victims of abuse,
confidential sources used by journalists and young people figuring out their
gender or sexual identity.
from YouGov revealed that 50% of Brits believe that requiring photo ID would
effectively reduce online abuse. 17% of the UK population are reported to
believe that combatting trolling is the responsibility of social media
companies, while 34% feel it’s up to the individual posting the abuse, and 44%
think both are accountable.
future of ID verification on social media
Cheek, Managing Director of SmartSearch, believes that the provision of photo ID for social media isn’t likely
to be implemented in 2022, but highlights the importance of ID verification for
businesses. He said:
the UK government, user ID verification for social media isn’t going to be
feasible in 2022 as the current view is that it could disproportionately impact
vulnerable users and interfere with freedom of expression.
electronic ID verification (EIDV) remains an integral part of the onboarding
process for a huge number of firms in the UK which have seen a lot of positives
from implementation. Businesses in a wide range of sectors including legal,
property, accounting, gaming and cryptocurrency rely heavily on EIDV to
KYB checks are crucial in giving firms necessary transparency when going into
business with new clients and customers.
At SmartSearch, we perform automated KYC and KYB checks using the Dow
Jones Watchlist – an international database made up of over 1,100 lists
worldwide. This database contains extensive profiles on both individuals and
businesses, which are updated every day for maximum accuracy as well as
improving the on-boarding experience for our customers.”