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Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for not doing more to crack down on offenders amid fears the cost of policing the internet could prove a drain on scarce resources following sweeping cuts in police forces across the UK since 2010.
Groups monitoring anti-Semitic and Islamophobic abuse say that a significant proportion of incidents involve the internet and police have at times appeared reluctant to rigorously investigate online threats.
A new national police hub is to be set up to crack down on those who commit online hate crime.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a series of measures, which will include improved support for victims and a drive to increase the prosecution of those who abuse other internet users based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.
Of course [Ansel’s] like a pro because he had a dad who’s been taking photos of him his entire life. Also, I would watch Nicki Minaj on the red carpet and she was just turning, twisting. You watch people work it, and then you’re like, “OK, I gotta do that.”No, not really.
Head of the CPS Alison Saunders had promised action, saying the Crown would seek stiffer penalties for offenders.
Writing for the , Ms Saunders said it was vital to counter hate speech online as it could fuel physical violence, such as the Charlottesville protests, where a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing a woman.
[One day freshman year] I was with my friend, and he was walking down the block.
I didn’t even know he went to my school — I just thought he was really attractive. He waited for me [after school] the next day and told our friend to introduce us and I was like, “OK, he totally liked me yesterday.” Then I made her come with us to Starbucks.“Left unchallenged, even low-level offending can subsequently fuel the kind of dangerous hostility that has been plastered across our media in recent days," she wrote.