Friday, May 05, 2017

Online trolls face prosecution under UK legal guidelines....

ਕਰਤ ਬੁਰਾਈ ਮਾਨੁਖ ਤੇ ਛਪਾਈ ਸਾਖੀ ਭੂਤ ਪਵਾਨ ||੧|| ਰਹਾਉ ||
"The mortal does evil deeds, and hides from others, but like the air, the Lord is present everywhere (watching). ||1||Pause||"
(Saarang M:5, 1202)

Talking to Police recently about how people are misusing the internet to spread lies and harrass people behind the anonymity of a computer. It was good to hear that the UK law was recently introduced which means internet trolls who post lies on the Facebook, fake blogs or sites can get up to 2 years in prison and now they are making more of an effort to investigate and expose the true identies of such individuals.

News link:
"People in England and Wales who breach the regulations by harassing others on social media would be liable for criminal charges. Examples of potentially criminal behaviour include the practice of “doxxing”, publishing someone else’s personal information such as a home address or bank details, and using a derogatory hashtag to encourage more widespread harassment of your victim, or “virtual mobbing”. 

The guidelines also warn against humiliating someone online by branding them as sexually promiscuous or by posting “disturbing or sinister” doctored images of victims on a social media site. This will be a matter of judgment for prosecutors, who have acknowledged that many doctored images were “humorous and inoffensive”..."

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