British “anti-trolling” laws crack down on cyber bullies

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Soon, online trolls will be brought to justice.

British lawmakers are creating historic anti-trolling laws, which will allow internet bullies to be jailed up to 2 years!

As social media sites like Facebook and Twitter increasingly connect families, friends, and celebrities, cyber-bullying has unfortunately become a major issue.

It’s so easy for mischievous cowards to send cruel messages to perfect strangers or public figures, hiding behind the anonymous safety of the internet.

The harsher penalties against online trolls follow several high-profile cases of women being threatened on Twitter.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling explained, “This is a law to combat cruelty – and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob.”

Hopefully, as the online and international community takes a tougher stand against faceless bullies, there will be less poison spewed on social media and message boards.

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