Piers Morgan has raised his concerns over trolls abusing the government’s new track and trace app.
The new system, which has been launched as England starts easing its lockdown rules, will locate people who have been close to someone infected with Covid-19.
They will then contact those people and inform them they must self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not have symptoms.
However, Morgan, who has been notably vocal in criticising the government for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, fears he could be a target for trolls who may use the app to force him off air.
Speaking to co-host Susanna Reid and Dr Hilary Jones on today’s edition of Good Morning Britain, the 55-year-old said: “What’s stopping someone from pretending they stood next to me for 15 minutes to get me off air for two weeks?
“What’s to stop them doing that? And how do I disprove that?”
He continued: “Say if they said ‘I was sat in a café near Piers Morgan or sunbathing in a park next to Piers Morgan for 15 minutes, he’s definitely got it.’”
While Reid, 49, joked: “I’m not saying anything”, Morgan insisted he was “serious” over whether the app could be misused.
However, Jones quickly assuaged any of Morgan’s fears by explaining how the track and test app would work.
‘Well, they can verify whether you’ve been tested positive or not,’ he explained. ‘If they phone you and say, “Someone has tested positive and we think you may be at risk, we think you should self-isolate and take a test”, you just need to verify who they are by phoning that number back.”
It was an explosive return to GMB for Morgan today, after both he and Reid took a week away from their usual hosting duties.
While on-air, Morgan launched a verbal tirade aimed at government adviser Dominic Cummings for “single-handedly destroying lockdown”, after it was alleged last week that he’d driven to Durham and Barnard Castle in a breach of the strict rules.
‘He’s destroyed trust in the Government. He needs to go,” Morgan said bluntly.
“Every part of this story stinks. There he is, the guy who made the rules as if nothing happened.
“Britain has basically gone ‘forget the rule’. ‘It’s one rule for them and one rule for us.”
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays from 6am on ITV.