How to fix the troll problem with social networks

The recent news that Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted her Instagram account supposedly because of harassment, got me thinking. Social networks have done nothing to deal with the problem of troll accounts. These troll accounts exist for no other reason than to cause trouble and havoc. I think I have a solution and it doesn’t require any new technology.

Account Verification

Social networks should provide the option of verifying an account. To verify an account, a person would need two things: a valid credit card and a government issued I.D.

The social network could either charge a small fee ($10) or simply run a zero dollar authorization on the credit card. The result from the credit card company would show if the number portion of the street address matched their records or not. It would also show if the zip code the cardholder provider matched. If you verify the zip code, you have verified the cardholder’s city and state.

Unfortunately, most credit card companies do not verify the name on the credit card. The only credit card capable of name verification is American Express. Most people do not have an American Express card. This is where the government issued I.D. would come in.

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To complete the account verification process, a person would need to upload an image of their I.D. The social network would then manually inspect the image to verify the name on the card matches the name provided when they signed up. They could also verify the address on the I.D. matches what they submitted with the credit card.

Charging $10 to authenticate a user’s identity could more than cover the cost of manually verifying the government issued I.D. It’s not like any of the social networks are hurting for money.

Once everything has been authenticated, the user’s social network account would then be labeled as verified.

Make Account Verification Voluntary

I wouldn’t make account verification a requirement. A person should be able to choose whether they want to verify their account or not. That said, other users should then have the ability to filter out non-verified accounts. They should be able to go into their account settings and flip a virtual switch that will allow them not to see comments from non-verified accounts. They should also be able to choose whether non-verified accounts can leave comments or not.

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I think social networks have been reluctant to implement something like this because they want the largest number of users possible. They probably view any type of authentication as a roadblock to creating a large user base. If this is the case, they need to change the way they think about things. For every celebrity who quits a social network because of trolls, there are thousands of others who do the same thing. It doesn’t make the news because they’re just regular people.

If you have a better idea of getting rid of trolls on social networks, I’d like hear it. Explain your idea in the comment section.

I’m not a real ‘Star Wars’ fan because I like Rose Tico

Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted her Instagram account. Some Star Wars “fans” don’t like the character. Supposedly some of these fans decided to make things difficult on the actress by harassing her. One of the places this harassment was taking place was Instagram.

I don’t get it. Why would anyone dislike like Rose Tico? I also don’t understand why anyone would then take the time to harass the actress who played the character. It all sounds nutty and a lot of work. What did Kelly Marie Tran ever do to anyone?

Actress Kelly Marie Tran.

Anyone who harassed Kelly Marie Tran on Instagram should have focused harassment on their parents for not practicing safe sex the night they were conceived.

I don’t understand the Rose Tico hate

I’ve watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi twice now and she was my favorite part of the movie. She was just a mechanic, someone you normally only saw in the background in a Star Wars movie, who stepped up and tried to become a hero. I’m a sucker for characters like that, in fiction and in real life.

I identified with Rose Tico. She was a wrench bender, someone who fixed and maintained equipment for the Resistance. When I was in the Air Force, I worked on airplanes. I bent many wrenches in my Air Force days.

Like all Star Wars movies, I had problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Kelly Marie Tran’s portrayal of Rose Tico was not one of them.

I’m such a fan of Rose Tico that I was going to order a Rose Tico t-shirt from comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver until I realized it wasn’t meant to honor the character.

Since leaving DC Comics, Van Sciver has been focusing on all things Star Wars on his YouTube channel. He spent a lot of time addressing the character. Referring to Star Wars as Soy Wars is a play on words. The consumption of soy can increase the estrogen levels in some men. It’s meant as an insult.

I also didn’t buy the t-shirt because it cost $29.50 plus shipping for a 2XL Tall. That’s too pricey for my wallet. It’s a t-shirt, not a tuxedo jacket made from the skin of an endangered animal.

If I’m not a “real” Star Wars fan because I like Rose Tico, I’m fine with that. When you stop and look at the people displaying hatred towards the character, I don’t want to be within 12 parsecs of them.


If you’d like to harass me on Instagram, you can do so by going here.