Government to force websites to identify trolls

New measures will force websites to reveal IP addresses
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A new proposal from the government means victims will have the right to know the identities of people who have harassed them online.

The new powers are to be added to the Defamation Bill and will make the process of websites being forced to reveal IP addresses less time-consuming and costly.

PCR reported last week that a British woman won a court order, which forced Facebook to present the IP addresses of trolls who abused her on the social media site. The trolls left an abundant of abusive comments and messages including branding her a paedophile.

Some are now worrying that this new proposal will scare websites into removing any users’ comments as soon as there is a whiff of a complaint. The government has assured that there will be measures put in place to prevent false claims in order to get material removed.

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