Give Facebook our passport? It won’t fix the problem | Belinda Barnet

Give Facebook our passport? It won’t fix the problem | Belinda Barnet

The Guardian

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Online anonymity is essential for at-risk social media users, but there are some things that can be done now to stem the flow of online abuse

A proposal to force Australians to provide 100 points of identification to social media platforms in order to “open or maintain” an account was tabled in parliament by a joint parliamentary committee last week, as part of an inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. This was followed by reports that more than 7 million Australians have had their Facebook data – including addresses, names, mobile numbers, previous addresses, and dates of birth – leaked to the dark web. Facebook said the leak was old and stemmed from a problem that had been found and fixed in 2019.

The leaked Facebook data is searchable by a purpose-made Telegram bot for anyone who wishes to use it. If you are a violent ex-partner wanting to harass or stalk your victim and you don’t know what their current address or phone number is, this is the perfect resource for you.

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