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U.K. Lawmakers Warn Over Proposed Internet Trolling Laws

     
3:28 pm on Dec 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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This defamation Bill is meant to protect businesses from being sued when others post defamatory comments. It'll also make it easier to identify the perpetrators of the comments.

Plans to tackle internet trolling could have a "chilling effect" on online freedom of expression, a committee of MPs and peers has said.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights warned that libel law reforms might cause website operators to delete statements that had not broken the law.

"There should be a higher threshold put in place before material has to be removed," chairman Hywel Francis said.

The government has accused the committee of over-complicating matters.

U.K. Lawmakers Warn Over Proposed Internet Trolling Laws [bbc.co.uk]