Implement a "responsibility" tag on social media which would specifically, uniquely, and undoubtedly connect the person's online identity with his/her online actions in a blockchain form.
To make people responsible for their actions in places where it matters (public online space).
To help people understand that not the whole internet is a playground for their disrespectful, hateful, or irresponsible behavior.
To teach people that their actions have consequences.
To remind people to think twice before insulting someone, lying, or sharing conspiracies.
To enforce the law if the situation escalates.
A "responsibility" tag would actually be a set of features, information and regulation that
track user online activity on "public" sites which agree to allow it (collect users' IP addresses, match them with accounts visited from it, doesn't allow IP tunnels, ...); user would beaware of this
detects "bad" behavior (words of hate, conspiracies, illegal content sharing, sharing of private information, etc.)
help people learn online behaviour, control their online communication, avoid conflicts or words of hate
allow authorities to access the records on someone if they break the law "online", someone reports them multiple times or their actions have dangerous or serious consequences
The limits should be set, but the law must be applied and respected even in online environments
I was inspired by the online piracy. Many people are nowadays being detained or pay high fines for selling materials protected by intellectual rights. It's a financial problem and the authorities are fighting it. But what about social media and it's effect on people? What about people hurting people online? As you mentioned, man abused his cat and got heavily punished. The punishment was disproportionate, because even a simple acts of good voluntary work with animals, words of sincere sorry and some time in charity organizations dealing with animals could have gotten Kurt out of the problem. He could have showed that he was an idiot and that he is sorry, but he didn't get the chance.
Many people use Internet to feel strong, embarrass other people, share private information, share hateful comments, or do anything they are not capable doing in real life. We should change this by making the Internet, or at least the social media, an environment where your actions have consequences, just like in real life. In the above-mentioned scenario, all the people that commented ugly things on the Kurt's video should also feel how strong were their words. They should be reminded that their acts have consequences and could result in runied lives and that they should be careful when commenting on the other people videos, someones successes or sharing their thoughts on somebodies weight.
What do you think? Is there something you would do better? Can we create a responsibility tag for the real actions?