TAKING ON THE TROLLS
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.