Given the escalating disgusting behavior online, perhaps it needs to happen.
As reported by the DailyMail , UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling proposed new laws that would "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."
If these went through, Internet trolls could be taken to crown court, where they'd face a maximum penalty of two years in prison. Right now, the max sentence for trolling is only six months so this is a significant increase. Celebrities and just about anyone with a major online presence is subject to attacks, and we're coming off a two-month abuse campaign against female game critics and developers. Said Grayling:
"These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence."
Last week, model Chloe Madeley suffered through a round of rape threats, evidently in response to her mother, Judy Finnigan, speaking out against convicted rapist Ched Evans. Grayling added that the law he proposes would combat such cruelty. Recently, outspoken feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian has seen plenty of abuse thrown her way, including death threats. On two occasions, she supposedly learned she was the target of a bombing.
On the one hand, there's the whole freedom of speech issue. On the other, maybe when the people prove they absolutely cannot police themselves, steps need to be taken.