London police wants to conquer online trolling
A new specialized police force charged with investigating digital hate crimes will be created in London, the London Mayor’s office announced recently.
The special unit will encompass content posted on Twitter and Facebook that is deemed abusive. The London-based team will be comprised of five officers who will “support victims and identify online abuse.”
A total of 1.7 million pounds ($2.2 million) will be needed to enforce the full program, which is slated to last two years. Five police officers will serve in so-called Online Hate Crime Hub with a number of community volunteers joining them. The team will include one detective inspector, one detective sergeant, and three detective constables, will identify the location of crimes and allocate them to the appropriate force.
According to the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), social media “provides hate crime perpetrators with a veil of anonymity, making it harder to bring them to justice and potentially impacting on a larger number of people.”
Moreover, the Office noted, victims of this kind of abuse risk becoming “isolated, living in fear of the online behavior materializing in the real world.”
And because the current response from British authorities tends to be inconsistent, a task force specifically focused upon this kind of digital vitriol has become necessary. “Community groups in London have told us that online hate crime is an issue of increasing concern to them,”
the MOPAC spokesman added.