The Times reported that government minister; Matt Hancock is pushing for all social media websites to verify the age of anyone using their services. Matt Hancock wants for everyone to have to use their passports in order verify their age but one big issue with this proposal is that many people don’t have a passport, especially children. This would to many people no longer being able to use social media websites due to a lack of a passport.
Basically, Matt Hancock wants everybody to have to use a passport to sign into social media, for this, he is using the classic think of the children argument. If you want to know the true intentions of a law like this than just read this section of the article “under proposals being drawn up to tame the “wild west” of the internet.”.
This talk of “age-appropriate material” and “time cut-offs” combined with wanting your social media account tied to official ID should have you worried as the government are very anti-free speech. This will make it easier for the government to arrest you for saying anything “offensive”.
This also shows the government wants to keep extending “age-checks”, this could easily end up with you having to show your ID to visit any website which will allow for the police to arrest you if you view any website they dislike.
The whole “think of the children” thing is just a cover for the government to get more control over our lives and to anyone who believes the government when it talking about protecting children, just remember that 114 documents went missing related to allegations of a “Westminster paedophile ring”.
The reason why the government is going after the right wing rather than the left wing at the moment is because people on the left would protest heavily about it which is embarrassing for the government, but if the government goes after things that would mostly see people on the right wing arrested than they will cheer in support. Obviously, after the government has cracked down of right-wing dissent they will go after the left wing as they will be no one left to protect them from government crackdowns on dissent. Dissent on any side of the political spectrum is harmful to the government as it leads to people bringing up embarrassing facts about them.
This all appears to be the government just trying to find ways of censoring the internet of any wrongthink. No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, never believe a politician when they are looking for ways to take away your rights.