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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Websites to be forced to name online trolls

Websites will be given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify internet trolls, under new Government plans.

The Defamation bill will be debated in the Commons today. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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.

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