Hollywood star Idris Elba is getting fed up with social media and has decided now is a better time than ever to raise his voice. The on-screen powerhouse has hit up Instagram with a request to all social media companies.
Idris Elba Addresses All Social Media Companies in Open Letter
In an open letter to all online companies, Elba shared his solution to the issues created by the Internet. In the letter, he compares social media to being able to join a plane without showing I.D. and this culture of anonymity perpetuated by the use of unverified usernames allows for people to not face the consequences of their words.
“People in the public eye get verified on social media, (symbolised by a blue tick), the process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so everyone knows WHO is speaking. SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS. Currently, social media is like boarding a plane and not having to show I.D. THAT would never happen. If cowards are being supported by a veil of privacy and secrecy, then social media is not a safe space. It is an aeroplane that allows travellers to wear balaclavas. If cowards want to spout racial rhetoric then say it with your name, not your username.” -IE
While many in the comment section agreed with Idris Elba’s sentiments, some pointed out flaws in his solution. One user wrote that this idea of verification could prove dangerous for some if social media required government issued ID. This user also pointed out that government finding out the identities of protestors through social media posed problems for many activists and social justice organizers. Idris Elba’s public statement has sparked much debate, you can form your own opinion below.
Swae Lee Calls Out Social Media Cap
Idris Elba isn’t the only one calling out people on Instagram. Popular crooner Swae Lee has a very specific stance toward social media antics. The Rae Sremmurd group member came forward with a message for those capping on social media.
Swae went to his Instagram Story with a loud and clear message. The rap artist says not to create a fake persona on Instagram and asked everyone to be true to themselves.
“Don’t be out here misleading people on Instagram that sh*t ain’t cool social media makes it real easy to catfish like be true to yourself it’s not fair to people to make a whole fake persona then create a whole fake storyline”
A few days ago, buzz developed about “Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena possibly using a fake social media account to harass fellow cast member and past love interest Cyn Santana.
Mena was caught after she changed the name of her finsta account to the name of her newborn child, and tagged the profile’s new changed name on her main account. She never deleted her old comments and fans put two and two together, immediately calling her out. Safaree’s soon-to-be ex-wife had a whole account dedicated to hating on Santana.
Swae Lee Pretty Much Confirms His New Boo
The hip-hop star looks like he’s head over heels in love. Recently, he came forward to pretty much tell the world he can’t get enough of his overnight now-confirmed girlfriend and fellow artist Malú.
The rap crooner went to his Instagram page last month with a snapshot of himself looking extra, extra, extra comfortable with the 18-year-old singer. Lee shared a couple snapshots of them appearing to have found love in a club.
Ma made sure to sneak into the comments section and show some affection back his way.
However, the comments section wasn’t as friendly to Swae and Malú. People didn’t hold back on letting them know their true feelings about this possible romance confirmation.
“R u kidding me”
“nah swae fr?”
“Shade room in 3,2…”
“Malu went from Central Cee to Swae Lee, Clearly she only want the D”
Swae Lee + Malú Spark Dating Rumors
Earlier in the month, buzz developed about Swae and Ma possibly being more than friends. A snapshot went viral of them appearing extra boo’d up in a pool setting.
The two have previously been seen together on Malu’s Instagram, in a video where the rapper has his arm around Malu’s shoulder. One fan responded to the video in the comments saying: “Swaelee needs to step away from my woman”. Another fan seemed puzzled, asking “What about central cee tho” – querying about the UK rapper who Malu was previously pictured with and rumoured to be dating. (Capital Xtra)