We don’t need new laws for Twitter trolls

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something different today coming from the guardian to all you trollz out there.

A spokesman for the Police Federation, Steve Evans, told Today: “The sheer scale of it is huge. Police resources are stretched almost to breaking point, so if we started trying to investigate every instance of stupidity within Twitter, then we would be really pushed.”

The body representing Britain’s chief police officers has rejected calls for new laws to govern how the police deal with the abuse of Twitter, saying that problems may eventually be resolved by the microblogging website itself.

The intervention by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) comes amid a debate over the policing of Twitter following a number of recent cases, including the arrest of a teenager in connection with tweets directed at Olympic diver Tom Daley and the jailing of a student for inciting racial hatred by tweeting about the footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Stuart Hyde, the chief constable of Cumbria, who speaks on e-crime for Acpo, said that it was right for police to intervene where individuals’ lives were being made a misery by Twitter “trolls”, but insisted that it was important for forces to take a “common sense” approach.

Asked if new laws were needed, Hyde told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “No, I think we have got quite a lot of legislation, dating back to the Malicious Communications Acts of 1998 and 2003. There is a lot there that helps us and gives us the power to do stuff.

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One response to “We don’t need new laws for Twitter trolls

  1. ahahaa.. new laws for Twitter? What the hell!