"Hate is hate is hate. No matter how you vent it – screaming at someone on the street, scrawling swastikas on their front door or abusing them on Twitter – it’s unacceptable and the law will punish those overstepping the line.
So said Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, outlining plans this week to treat online abuse motivated by the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexuality or transgender status not just as the criminal offence it already can be but as a hate crime, meaning it could attract stiffer sentences. She argues it’s not just about deterring trolls, but tackling potential root causes of real-life violence like that seen in Charlottesville, where a far-right rally against a statue being removed ended in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer. Hate whipped up online doesn't always stay online. Words have power."
Read article by Gaby Hinsliff from The Pool.