Social networks: the deletion of anonymous accounts is a “risky operation”, according to Éric Duhaime

Social Media: Deleting anonymous accounts is a «hazardous operation

MISE À DAY

QUEBEC | Unlike François Legault, Éric Duhaime opposes the banning of anonymous accounts, despite the proliferation of threats and insults on social networks.

“Of course the number of trolls I have, it would be a good thing, it would clean up my pages,” joked the conservative leader , in response to the Journal question.

“I am someone who has always defended freedom of expression, even on my Facebook page and my Twitter account, I do not erase abusive or defamatory comments. I believe in freedom of expression. I think that's the price to pay when you're a public figure,” he immediately corrected.

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Éric Duhaime considers that the plan to abolish anonymous accounts on the various social networks starts from a “good intention”, but that it could have perverse effects.

“Who's going to decide it's censorship or it's not? he wondered. What kind of control will [the web giants] have, what kind of data will we provide them? Will the Twitters and Facebooks of this world get involved in this, or will they think that their market is not fair in Quebec?”

The Conservative leader nonetheless forbidden to be against any form of limit in this area, stressing that there is already “a legislative framework and self-regulation of web companies”. He also invited people who feel threatened to report.

On September 1, the Prime Minister for his part said he was open to the idea of ​​banning fake accounts on social networks, but acknowledged that this is not a simple thing.

“We can't rule that out. This is a problem that is not unique to Quebec. You have to see… It's not easy to regulate social media, among other things, because often it starts there,” he said.

For her part, the Liberal leader believes that all avenues must be studied in order to protect elected officials, including legislation.  

“We have to look at all avenues to try to reduce intimidation and violence. It could pass by a law. All possible avenues to limit what we are currently experiencing,” said Dominique Anglade. 

– With the collaboration of Marc-André Gagnon and Nicolas Lachance

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