Liberal television hosts say tracking users could be the first step in punishing people being “racist” online
by Kelen McBreen
During Wednesday’s broadcast of ABC‘s “The View,” host Sunny Hostin agreed with actor Idris Elba who recently called for all social media platforms to require identification in order to create an account.
Discussing Elba’s idea, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Hostin if she thinks mandating IDs for social media use would help stop racial harassment online.
Hostin answered, “I really do and I think this is a terrific, terrific idea. I am subjected daily to racist attacks on social media. I’m talking daily, sometimes in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. And it’s painful, it’s hurtful, and it’s always from someone who has a cat icon, a flag icon, a frog icon, you know, all sorts — an eagle icon… and they are, I believe, just Twitter thugs, social media thugs, hiding in their mama’s basements.”