1. UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

British prosecutors have promised to vigorously prosecute hate crimes committed on social media.

By: | Published: August 21, 2017 2:51 PM
British prosecutors, Social media, hate crimes, race, religion, cyber hate, Alison Saunders British prosecutors have promised to vigorously prosecute hate crimes committed on social media.(Image: Reuters)

British prosecutors have promised to vigorously prosecute hate crimes committed on social media.  The new guidelines issued Monday outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, says hate crime ”has a corrosive effect on our society and that is why it is a priority area.”
She says ”the internet and social media in particular have provided new platforms” for bad behavior. Community groups monitoring anti-Semitic and Islamophobic abuse have reported that a significant proportion of incidents involve the internet. There was also a surge in reports following the European Union referendum in June 2016 in which Britons chose to leave the bloc.

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