2 Years Jail Time for UK Cyber-BulliesAdded: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Now people convicted of cyber-bullying and abuse will face up to 2 years in jail, according to the new law backed by the government. Indeed, the justice secretary has backed an amendment to the criminal justice bill which would effectively target new rules at combating Internet trolls who sexually harass and verbally abuse people online in England and Wales.
This amendment is scheduled to be discussed in parliament after being proposed by one of the Conservative MPs. This happened after one of her constituents complained that her 14-year-old daughter had been “verbally raped” by two thousand obscene text messages sent by an older man, who ultimately escaped conviction. The fresh amendment to criminal justice bill is supposed to make life harder for cyber-bullies and sex pests who prefer texts to harass victims.
The legislators explain that the amendment in question would allow for greater penalties of up to 2 years in jail. It will also extend the period of time made available to authorities trying to launch difficult cases against such offenders. At the moment, offences like online trolling in the UK fall under the Malicious Communications Act, and can only be tried in a magistrates’ court.
The proposed draft came after a string of high-profile abuse cases which involved social networks and text messages. For example, a couple of abusers of the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez were jailed two months ago for subjecting her to threats of violence and rape on Twitter. This happened after she launched a campaign for more women to be represented on banknotes.
In the meantime, the Labor Minister for Culture, Media and Sport also called for a clear legal framework to address the problem of online bullying and the suicides of vulnerable young people, after the deaths of Tallulah Wilson and Hannah Smith.
The first teenager died in 2012 aged 15 being hit by a train. Later it turned out that she had developed an alternative fantasy life on the Internet. Last year, 14-year-old Hannah Smith took her own life after being bullied on Ask.fm.
The legislators confirmed that a committee will discuss the proposed amendment in parliament in the next few days, and it will be added to the changes to laws to be voted on in 2014.
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
|posted by (2014-04-03 01:06:20)|
|now it's a crime it will stop!. just like everything else illegal. first 1 or 2 caught may be set an example, after that business as usual a slap on the wrist and a fine. what ever happened to sticks n stones. not that i condone sex pests in any form, the abusee needs to take some responsability for not keeping there personal data private. like most MP's they dont care untill it affects there family personaly and when it does they soon change it. just like if they all had to live off minimum wage it would soon change and they would raise the minimum rate.|
|posted by (2014-04-03 01:33:48)|
|Can the people dumb enough not to use the blocking features be subject to 4-6 years of jail time?|
|The Pirate Bay is screwed lol|
|OMFG Everyone from the original Barrens chat or 4chan would have been placed in jail for up to two years? Could you imagine all of them in one actual physical location? Trollz are always going to be there, as long as they have distance and a screen to protect them from actual physical retaliation. If ppl are not smart enough to block them, ignore them, or find out who they are and beat them down (IMO only real viable options), then that must mean we have to police the internet! When are governments going to learn that the internetz are too large to keep under control? Perhaps they do realize that it will be another never ending war... another self proclaimed "War on (fill in the blanks)", another way to feed the greed machine. Or they are just too stupid to turn their phones off, lol.|
|posted by (2014-04-03 10:48:37)|
|Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"?|
|posted by (2014-04-03 13:47:16)|
|Broken bones heal a lot quicker than a broken mind!|
|posted by (2014-04-03 18:33:40)|
|there isnt enough room in prisons for thieves and rapists. i really dont believe they will send a troll to prison. idiot kids should man up, learn a martial art or boxing, and learn to delete and block idiots in their pathetic lives.|
|posted by (2014-04-04 01:55:32)|
|Will this stop kids bullying kids? NO!|
Social networks have just made it easy for kids, not only adults of 'send em to jail age' to be bullies and sex pests.
How about a law that makes parents responsible for their kids behavior online, an actual law not just a social worker telling them how bad it is.
Kids do as much long term damage as adult trolls, and adult trolls are not necessarily NOT rapists.
So in short 'people convicted of cyber-bullying and abuse will face up to 2 years in jail' does that include the little wankers that are under the age of being sent to prison or do they escape it?
|Someone needs to shoot these bullies.|
|posted by (2014-04-06 02:21:14)|
|After all comments like complains about bullies here DO you expecting be retarded because Cyber it for who are not! And enjoying growing up like giant more and more... Internet make jobs and like it profitable Do just ignore and see what we like without say nothing even you know drill heads bark and bark...||
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