SICK internet scammers who send death threats and other cruel acts of hate will face up to five years in prison under the long-awaited law.
Ministers today finally introduced a crackdown on social media trash and forced tech giants to act faster.
Laws will be strengthened and updated to target real hate online – while protecting free speech by preventing police from having to investigate malicious tweets.
And Facebook, Twitter and TikTok will be told that if they don’t have proper processes in place to take down terrorist content, fraud, or sickly abusive posts, they will face huge penalties.
These will include fines of up to 10% of annual global sales – or even a lump sum not used in the UK.
It comes after MPs, charities and celebrities begged ministers to take tougher action after being forced offline by trolls.
Failure to take down illegal content will be specifically written in the new Online Harms Bill.
Sending death and rape threats, abusive social media posts and “flooding” harassment will become illegal, with offenders facing two to five years behind bars.
And intentionally sharing fake news about Covid and other subjects will also be outlawed.
Digital Minister Nadine Dorries said: “Today’s changes mean that we will be able to bring forward the full weight of legislation against people using the internet as a weapon to destroy their lives. everyone”.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4617847/internet-trolls-death-threats-five-years-prison/ Online villains who send death threats will face up to 5 years in prison