Jailed Twitter troll speaks of regret – BBC News

‘Internet trolling has become a growing problem in recent years, but is enough being done to teach children about online abuse?’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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Who, what, why: What laws currently cover trolling? – BBC News

‘Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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Man jailed for antisemitic tweet to Labour MP – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2014 in guilty pleas, internet, malicious communications, news, racism, sentencing by sally

‘An internet troll accused of sending an antisemitic message to Labour MP Luciana Berger has been sentenced to four weeks in prison at Merseyside magistrates court.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, Chris Grayling pledges – The Guardian

‘Internet trolls who spread “venom” on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2014

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Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2014 in harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Court sentences man to 18 weeks’ jail for bombarding politician with abuse on Twitter over Jane Austen £10 note campaign’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Judicial Speeches, Gaza Boycotts and Social Media Crimes – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia. In other news, the on-going conflict in Gaza sparks controversy at home, while the Lords inquiry into social media offences reaches an unexpected conclusion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th August 2014

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Revenge porn – are we in need of stronger laws? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Calls have been prompted largely by the rise of revenge porn itself, which in turn is attributable to the omnipresence of smartphones that allow photographs to be taken and uploaded to the internet within seconds. No specialist knowledge is required and many “apps” allow pictures to be uploaded at the click of a button. Once an image is on the internet in digital form it can be reproduced time and time again. The call for a specific criminal sanction follows considerable lobbying by campaigners and the issue receiving national attention following the revelation that the prime minister’s nanny was the victim of revenge porn. At present there is no specific criminal offence that adequately addresses the problem. Legal action and publicity in the US have also put pressure on the government to act.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th July 2014

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Revenge porn: Government to consider changes to sexual offences laws in bid to stamp out practice – The Independent

‘The Government is to consider a change in the law to stop ‘revenge porn’ where men post explicit pictures of their former wives or girlfriends online.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2014

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‘Social media crimes’ account for half of calls to front-line police, says senior UK officer – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2014 in bullying, harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, police by sally

‘Responding to online offences such as threats on social media make up “at least half” of a calls to front line police, a senior office has said.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2014

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Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? – The Guardian

‘Jake Newsome was jailed last week for posting offensive comments online. His is the latest in a string of cases that have led to prison terms, raising concern that free speech may be under threat from over-zealous prosecutors.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2014

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Government accused of ‘stoking tensions’ against human rights lawyer pursuing British soldiers for alleged war crimes – The Independent

‘The Law Society has demanded action from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, over a string of violent threats dating back a decade against the human rights lawyer who brought cases against British soldiers over alleged brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2014

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Man jailed for offensive Ann Maguire Facebook post – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2014 in inquests, internet, malicious communications, murder, news, sentencing, teachers by tracey

‘A man who posted an offensive message on Facebook after the killing of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2014

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Twitter troll must not contact Rachel Riley and Chris Martin – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in harassment, hospital orders, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

‘A man has been ordered not to contact Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley after sending hundreds of abusive tweets.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2014

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Ann Maguire stabbing: Robert Riley jailed for Twitter abuse – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2014 in internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for eight weeks for posting abusive Twitter messages about the death of school teacher Ann Maguire.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2014

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‘Moronic’ hoaxer Joshua Bonehill-Paine spared jail – BBC News

‘A “moronic” hoaxer who claimed a pub had banned military personnel to avoid offending the immigrant population has been given a community order.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2014

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill – new criminal offences – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Another year, and yet more criminal justice legislation. The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 is going through Parliament at the moment, and it will come as no surprise that it includes new criminal offences.’


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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd April 2014

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Cyber-bullies could be given tougher sentences – The Independent

‘The Government today backed tougher laws that could see cyber stalkers imprisoned for up for two years.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2014

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Two guilty of sending ‘menacing’ tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2014 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

‘Two people have pleaded guilty to sending “menacing” tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.’

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The Independent, 7th January 2014

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Thousands of abusive electronic message cases reach court – BBC News

“More than 1,700 cases involving abusive messages sent online or via text message reached English and Welsh courts in 2012, the BBC has learned after a Freedom of Information request.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2013

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US Facebook death threats troll: Reece Elliott jailed – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2013 in guilty pleas, internet, malicious communications, news, school children by sally

“A British man who threatened to kill 200 people in the US, in posts he made under a false name on Facebook, has been jailed for more than two years.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2013

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