Internet trolls who post comments on social media could now see a jail sentence of 24-months.
This is four times the current maximum prison sentence. Internet trolls who spread “venom” will have no hiding place; the increase in jail sentence is one of the ways the UK government see at fighting the menace.
UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the changes would be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and court bill. The changes will allow magistrates to pass on extreme cases of internet trolls to crown courts.
“These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the six-month sentence,” said Chris Grayling.
Internet trolls are found in our everyday lives, causing havoc to users. Chloe Madeley, daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnnigan described internet trolls as online terrorist and should be illegal. This statement came after Chole defended her mother’s remarks about the convicted rapist Ched Evans, where she was consumed by internet trolls.