TAK­ING ON THE TROLLS

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Po­lice in Lon­don are eye­ing ways to take down In­ter­net trolls and could end up set­ting an ex­am­ple for law en­force­ment of­fi­cials ev­ery­where.

City of­fi­cials were awarded up to £1.7 mil­lion ($2.1 mil­lion) to de­velop and im­ple­ment what the of­fice calls “an on­line hate crime hub”. The idea, which is cur­rently just a proof-of-con­cept, is to clamp down on “on­line hate” and find ways to thwart on­line abusers, or trolls. The pro­gramme will have four com­po­nents. First, of­fi­cials will train a “po­lice team” that will fil­ter and iden­tify on­line hate crimes. Po­lice will also be trained on how to use “on­line tools to ad­dress on­line hate crime,” and will work within their com­mu­nity to find vol­un­teers who can quickly help those who have been af­fected by the on­line hate crime. Lastly, the of­fi­cials want to be in­tel­li­gent in how they tar­get po­ten­tial on­line hate speech.

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