Harassment: an MP wants to put an end to anonymity on the internet through a law and advocates “pseudonymity”

Paul Midy, deputy for Essonne, tabled a bill examined by the National Assembly since Tuesday September 19 to put an end to the “feeling of impunity on social networks”.

It is a cry from the heart as much as a cry of alarm: “Yes to pseudonymity, and no to anonymity,” said the deputy for Essonne, Paul Midy, who wants to put an end to online anonymity. and particularly on social networks.

While harassment is at the heart of this return to school, and numerous cases going as far as the suicide of young people, the Renaissance deputy, general rapporteur of the special commission on the bill on the security and regulation of digital space, intends to fight against “this feeling of anonymity on social networks which generates a feeling of impunity”

A digital identity card

Since Tuesday, September 19, the National Assembly has been examining the digital regulation bill which plans to create a “national digital identity card.” As it exists in life. Concretely, you can create an account with a pseudonym “but it must be associated with a digital identity so that, if with this account I do things that are illegal, the authorities can find who is the natural person behind the account on the networks social services in an extremely supervised manner”, assured the parliamentarian at the microphone of Franceinfo.

Technically, the member proposes to go through France Identity or the digital identity of La Poste, so that an indecipherable code is generated so that “Facebook or another cannot have the identity card of all French people”. The principle would be similar to the car registration system which does not give the identity of the owner unless we have access to the file.

Taking the debate to a European level

For the MP, the law can make it possible to change the digital giants who are still resistant to this type of initiative and proposes to have this debate on a European scale “to have the most impact on platforms”.

Paul Midy, however, assures that he does not want to “touch freedom of expression and our individual freedoms. They are extremely important. It is the foundation of our democracy”, but refuses the feeling of impunity “which generates violence. .. I must be able to use a pseudonym. But if I ever do something illegal and reprehensible, the authorities must be able to identify me very easily,” he says.

I heard on the news #M6 that it would be “pseudonymity”. You can keep your nickname, put any photo. On the other hand, you “could” go through FranceConnect to access the social networks. This is where we are. Fliqués The good will still pay for the bad \ud83d\ude21

— \ud83c\uddeb\ud83c\uddf7Maxxx. \ud83d\udd25\u24cf (@apocalypto06) September 19, 2023

But this fight, as laudable as it may be, is far from won in the face of numerous reluctances, both from Internet users and digital giants.

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