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Australians could be banned from creating anonymous social media and dating profiles under radical reforms being considered by the federal government.

The change would see people forced to submit identification, such as a passport or driver’s licence, before setting up an account for platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.

Watch the Sunrise Hot Topic panel discuss ID for social media above

It’s hoped the crackdown will stamp out online bullying, trolling, harassment, stalking and sexual abuse.

It comes after a parliamentary committee released a shocking report into online abuse, which found that nameless perpetrators are using social media and dating sites to carry out crimes “with little risk of sanction.”

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty

Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

This means offenders are able to anonymously bully, harass and blackmail victims as well as impersonate other people without fear of being caught.

“In order to open or maintain an existing social media account, customers should be required by law to identify themselves to a platform using 100 points of identification, in the same way as a person must provide identification for a mobile phone account, or to buy a mobile SIM card,” the report suggests.

Australians would be required to provide evidence of their identity before opening a dating account under the change. Credit: Tero Vesalainen/Getty Images

The report also called for a “substantial increase” in criminal penalties and fines for technology-facilitated abuse “to act as a greater deterrent for errant behaviour.’’

The report is currently being considered by the Morrison government with an update expected in the coming weeks.

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