Haley calls for social media reforms targeting user accountability

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for social media reforms targeting user accountability Tuesday.

“When I get into office, the first thing we have to do, social media accounts, social media companies, they have to show America their algorithms,” said Haley, a 2024 GOP presidential primary candidate, in a Fox News clip posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Let us see why they’re pushing what they’re pushing,” Haley continued. “The second thing is, every person on social media should be verified, by their name. That’s, first of all, it’s a national security threat. When you do that, all of a sudden, people have to stand by what they say.”

The clip comes just less than a week after Haley took a swing at fellow 2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy for talking about her daughter’s social media usage at the third GOP presidential debate.

“In the last debate, she made fun of me for actually joining TikTok while her own daughter was actually using the app for a long time. So you might want to take care of your family first,”  Ramaswamy said, as the candidates clashed over the video-sharing app, which is owned by Beijing-based parent company ByteDance.

“Leave my daughter out of your voice,” Haley said. “You’re just scum.”

In the Tuesday clip, Haley said her plan to have people verified by name would get rid of bot accounts from U.S. rivals.

“And it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots and the Chinese bots,” Haley said. “And then you’re gonna get some civility, when people know their name is next to what they say.”

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