Internet trolling can become a criminal offense

The British government plans to tighten the punishment for Internet abusers. Trolling can become a criminal offense thanks to the initiative of Katie Price, who wants justice for her son, who has been the victim of harassment on the Internet.

Minister of Justice David Gauke said that the government intends to review the legislation in order to more effectively combat trolling - insults on the Internet, coming, as a rule, from anonymous users. The Government's plans were discussed on the air of the ITV television program, hosted by Katie Price.

Internet offenders should bear the same responsibility for verbal abuse as the criminals in the "real world," said Katie Price. The TV presenter stands for toughening of punishments to Internet trolls, abusing its impunity.

Price believes that it is necessary to draw a line between harmless banter and mockery of the user, which often turns into a persecution and causes psychological trauma to the object of ridicule.

As an example of brutal behavior on the Internet, Price called the humiliation of her 15-year-old son, Harvey. Harvey suffers from a number of medical abnormalities, including partial blindness, autism and Prader-Willy syndrome. A year ago Harvey became a victim of the Internet troll, a 19-year-old Twitter user. According to Price, the offender of her son got off with only a verbal warning from the police.

Price believes that, since the police are powerless against cyber-offenders, the legislation should be changed. The TV presenter also considers it necessary to create a register of offenders of the Network.

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