Ministers mull prison for online hate crime posts
Eastern Eye Staff
PROPOSAL SUBJECT TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION SHARING social media posts which threaten violent hate crime could become punishable by six months in prison under new proposals. Tougher sentences are being considered for spreading racial, religious or homophobic hatred, with jail terms of up to six years for those who abuse a large online following or other position of influence. People who incite serious violence or persistently spread hateful messages would also fall into the stricter bracket. Use of YouTube and other sites to stir hatred has become more serious, the Sentencing Council said, although the number of prosecutions remain low. “However, given…
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