Online trolls to be given ‘internet Asbos’

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Online trolls to be given ‘internet Asbos’

Social media users who take to the sites to post racial hatred should be served with ‘internet Asbos’, according to a group of MPs.

The report by the all-party inquiry into anti-Semitism is calling on the Crown Prosecution Service to investigate whether the orders could be given out.

It also urged the Government to set up a fund for synagogues to protect themselves from attack.

They want guidelines for judges and prosecutors amended to include specific references to anti-Semitism as a hate crime, and a clampdown on racist abuse on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

A study by the Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity, logged numerous anti-Semitic posts on social media during the Israeli military action in Gaza in July and August, including the appearance of “Hitler was right” as a hashtag.

 

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