Today the BBC is reporting that internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post doctored images to humiliate others could face prosecution in England and Wales. Inciting people to harass others online, known as virtual mobbing, could also result in court action, under new Crown Prosecution Service guidance.
The director of public prosecutions said it means they will prosecute “in the same way” as if it were offline. But she stressed this did not mean prosecutors could “stifle free speech”.
The new rules aim to help police identify online crimes more easily.
It also highlights those who post people’s personal information, such as bank details – known as doxxing. To find out more on this story CLICK HERE.