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Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said: "The Government wants a libel regime for the internet that makes it possible for people to protect their reputations effectively but also ensures that information online can't be easily censored by casual threats of litigation against website operators.
"It will be very important to ensure that these measures do not inadvertently expose genuine whistleblowers, and we are committed to getting the detail right to minimise this risk."
Websites will be forced to name people that send defamatory messages online under new Government plans.
Websites will be given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify internet trolls, under new Government plans.
Reforms of the libel laws will see a duty placed on internet service providers to try to identify those posting defamatory messages without victims needing to resort to costly legal action.
The Defamation Bill, which will be debated in the Commons today, will also see would-be claimants having to show they have suffered serious harm to their reputations, or are likely to do so, before they can take a defamation case forward.