Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain want new rules for social media that would strip all users of anonymity.
The co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” made the comments Wednesday after colleague Whoopi Goldberg discussed racist posts directed at Black athletes competing in the Euro Cup.
“I think this is a terrific, terrific idea,” Ms. Hostin said of the idea while seconding actor Idris Elba’s support. “I mean, 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 — 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.”
Ms. Hostin’s commentary coincides with recent comments by White House press secretary Jen Psaki in support of a blanket ban across social media platforms for those who run afoul of one company’s terms of service.
“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there,” the Democrat said while talking about COVID-19 discussions online.
Ms. Hostin went on to suggest that having to prove one’s identity on platforms such as Twitter was no different than doing so for elections.
“These are cowards,” she said. “You know, people are always talking about ID, necessary for all sorts of things, then ID certainly should be necessary, a verified ID should be required before you start a social media account. The reason people are trolling like this is because there are little to no consequences because of their anonymity, and I love that Idris Elba put this out there.”
“I like it,” Ms. McCain said. “I think, you know, it’s a free country. You can say whatever you want. We have freedom of speech, but you can’t say whatever you want without consequences. … I’m all for it.”