GOP presidential contender Nikki Haley raised eyebrows Tuesday after claiming anonymous posts on social media pose a threat to “national security.”
The Republican hopeful made the remarks Tuesday on Fox News, advocating for mandatory social media verification and claiming her draconian reforms would defeat the bots.
NEW: Nikki Haley asserts that allowing people to post on social media anonymously is a “national security threat”. She promises that as president, she will force “every person on social media” to be “verified by their name.”
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After saying she’d force social media companies to reveal their algorithms, Haley went on to declare, “The second thing is every person on social media should be verified by their name.”
“First of all, it’s a national security threat,” she continued, adding, “When you do that, all of a sudden people have to stand by what they say and it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots, and the Chinese bots.”
The former South Carolina governor even suggested her idea could create a social media utopia, claiming that having people identify themselves would foster civility among online users.
“And then you’re going to get some civility when people know their name is next to what they say, and they know their pastor and their family member is going to see it, it’s going to help our kids and it’s going to help our country.”
Haley’s push to ban online anonymity didn’t go over so well on social media.
“Nikki out here auditioning for the WEF vote,” remarked journalist Jordan Schachtel.