Britain Considering Law to Jail Internet ‘Trolls’

The British government is considering new laws that would jail internet "trolls" for up to two years. The proposal comes on the heels of several high-profile incidents of abuse on social media.

AFP quotes Justice Secretary Chris Grayling who says the proposal is their attempt to curtail a "baying cyber-mob."

There has been increasing concern in Britain about the growing scourge of Internet "trolls" who post hate-filled messages on social media, often threatening their targets.

The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among the most recent victims, and last month a man was jailed for 18 weeks for what prosecutors described as "a campaign of hatred" against a female lawmaker.

Freedom of speech advocates warn the proposal may be a step too far, as criminal sanctions should be a last resort.