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Victims could be allowed to unmask online trolls

Victims of abuse from ‘trolls’ on social networking sites would be given the power to see the anonymous people identified under proposed changes to the Defamation Law in Britain.

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THE POWER TO identify online ‘trolls’ could be given to victims of anonymous abuse in Britain.

The Telegraph reports that proposed changes to the Defamation Bill include allowing people who operate websites a defence against libel.

This defence would centre on them identifying the person/s behind the alleged defamation when asked by a complainant.

The proposals were outlined by UK Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke.

Sky News reports today that internet service providers would also get greater protection under the laws from being sued. The aim is to enable cases to be settled out of court through a number of means, including mediation.

The Defamation Bill is due to be debated in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The changes would also include measures to prevent people being make false claims so that certain material is removed.

The news comes after an arrest warrant was issued last week for a man who sent a malicious email to Conservative MP Louise Mensch.

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