The lifting of anonymity on social networks is still demanded by a deputy

In Parliament, a deputy questioned Cédric O on the recurring subject of anonymity on social networks. And on the need to limit its scope.

Once again, the subject of anonymity on social networks is invited to Parliament. On July 13, 2021, the deputy Jean-Philippe Ardouin addressed a written question to Cédric O, the Secretary of State in charge of the digital transition and electronic communications, to ask him to work so as to be able to know without delay the identity of Internet users when they publish online.

The request of the parliamentarian, member of La République en Marche, has not yet received a response from the person concerned. She argues nonetheless by emphasizing the persistence of all kinds of abuses – anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-republican – on these platforms, which take place “”, and which can sometimes lead to suicide.

Regularly, the subject comes back to Parliament. // Source: Richard Ying

“”, Writes the elected representative of Charente-Maritime.

In his question, the deputy knows that digital platforms de facto hold data allowing an Internet user to be found – for example, an IP address which, with the help of access providers, makes it possible to find the holder of a Internet subscription and, as part of an investigation, to determine who in the household is the source of which disputed message.

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However, the parliamentarian suggests that this approach has reached its limits. In any case, these data “”. From then on, it is in his eyes “”, so as to counter a phenomenon “”. He cites the example of Arjel for betting, which must know the identity of the players.

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For the deputy, this mechanism could be applied to social networks by putting in the loop the future regulatory authority for digital audiovisual communication (Arcom), which will result from the merger between the CSA and the Hadopi, and which will act in particular against piracy on the Internet. Arcom could, argues Mr. Ardouin, authenticate Internet users “”.

On these issues, it turns out that Cédric O has already partially answered, showing his perplexity. “”. He was speaking in a discussion about online hate, one of the themes of the Republican Principles Bill.

Earlier this year, parliamentarians also questioned online anonymity. An amendment to this bill proposed to reflect on the issue, with the submission of an information report on the feasibility and consequences of such a shift, six months after the text was promulgated. However, it will not see the light of day, the amendment having been rejected during the debates.

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