Internet trolling is no longer part of a sub-culture. Online bullying of adults and children is soon to reach an ‘epidemic’ level, because no one is around to enforce any rules.
After the conviction of Sean Duffy at Reading Magistrates’ Court in September 2011, I was hopeful that his prosecution and conviction would deter others from harassing innocent members of the public on the internet.
Unfortunately I was wrong. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it would be difficult to argue that the conviction of Sean Duffy has made any significant impact on the numbers of internet trolling cases in the UK. What we have experienced in the past 5 months since the conviction, is an intensification of a serious social problem, involving both adults and children in the role of online bullies. A radical solution will soon be required.
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Author: Yair Cohen