Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Louise Mensch: social networks must identify internet bullies who cower behind anonymity

"Too often people have believed that the internet is a magical, protected space where nothing they do can be policed.

"Zimmerman, a typical troll, operated under the belief that if he hid behind an anonymous internet user name, nothing could happen to him.

"They type threats on their keyboard that they would never utter in person. A rash of such cases has arisen in the past couple of years, and prosecutors are cracking down.

"Social networks have a duty to identify internet bullies who cower behind anonymity. As victims repeatedly fight back, we can hope to see a culture shift. "

Zimmerman was given the suspended sentence, ordered to pay costs and made subject of a restraining order. Read more

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