The Government is considering making online trolling a criminal offence after Katie Price called for a “Harvey’s Law”.
Katie called for action last week after social media attacks on her disabled 15-year-old son Harvey and Justice Secretary David Gauke has revealed he was considering change the law.
She had told MPs on the Commons Petitions Committee the law had failed to keep up with the changing use of technology.
Ms Price said police had been unable to charge suspects because there “is nothing in place”.
Giving evidence in Parliament, she said sick trolls singled Harvey out and aimed racist abuse at him on the internet. (Image: Supplied by WENN).
Ms Price called for a “Harvey’s Law” to make online trolling a specific criminal offence and she said a line should be drawn between “banter” and criminal abuse. Her son Harvey – who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome – was targeted on Twitter last year by an unnamed 19-year-old who received a caution from Sussex Police.
But Ms Price told MPs that police had been powerless to act in other cases. The TV personality also wants to see the creation of a register of offenders.
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