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Tougher trolling laws to deal with 'baying cyber-mob'

Internet trolls who send will face up to two years in jail under tough new proposals supported by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he reiterated his support for the measure, which he said would 'take a stand against a baying cyber-mob'.

He is backing an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill from Tory backbencher Angie Bray to allow the most serious cases to be tried in the Crown Court, with a tougher potential penalty.

TV presenter Chloe Madeley, who has recently been sent rape threats on Twitter, said the move was a "good place to start" on dealing with trolls.

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Chloe Madeley: Twitter rape threats were terrifying

Chloe Madeley says was left frightened by the threats she received on social media in the wake of her mother's controversial comments about convicted rapist Ched Evans.

In a statement to ITV News, the TV presenter welcomed proposals for tougher sentences for internet trolls but warned more needed to be done to combat the "persistent" abuse.

I have been abused on social media for years, yet I have never taken it seriously as I agree that once you decide to enter the public eye, you are fair game.

However, threats of any kind must not be interpreted as freedom of speech.

Threatening to harm others is extreme and crosses the line of personal opinion into criminal behaviour. The tweets I received this week were frightening, persistent, violent and sadly, far too easy to make on a public forum. I am pleased the government are now talking about ways to deter trolls, and quadrupling the sentencing is a good place to start.

– Chloe Madeley

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