British Parliament to raise the maximum sentence for internet harassment to 2 years.
The British government is considering toughening up their laws on internet harassment.
Under current law those found guilty of abusing and harassing another person on the internet could face up to six months in jail for their trouble. New measure suggested by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling could see that maximum sentence extended to two years as well as the ability for magistrates to pass more serious cases on to crown courts.
As well as increasing the possible punishments for harassment and abuse over the internet the measures would also afford the police more time to gather evidence in such cases. The changes would be introduced as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently passing through the British Parliament at the moment.
The measures were proposed after a series of high-profile attacks including one on TV presenter Chloe Madeley, daughter of famous presenter couple Richard and Judy.
Madeley received a series of rape threats after she defended comments made by her mother Judy Finnigan on Twitter speaking out against the rape committed by professional footballer Ched Evans.
Grayling stated, "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."
Why does this qualify as gaming news? Well, since August there have been a series of increasingly sickening internet attacks on women in the games industry incuding Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu (Twitter abuse pictured above) and culminating in the threats of the worst school shooting in US history made to Utah State University if they allowed a scheduled lecture hosted by feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian went ahead.
The talk was cancelled due to Utah's open gun laws permitting those with the appropriate permits to carry a concealed weapon meaning the security of teh evnt could not be guaranteed.