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Websites 'to identify abusers'

Government plans will give websites greater protection from being sued if they help identify victims of so-called 'internet trolls' who post abusive and defamatory messages online.

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Ken Clarke: New online libel laws to allow people to protect their reputations

Ken Clarke has announced Government plans that will force websites to name trolls. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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."

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