Crackdown on trolls who egg on others: New guidelines mean bullies who encourage harassment could be prosecuted

Internet trolls who encourage others to take part in harassment campaigns on social media could face prosecution under new legal guidelines.

Investigators will scour popular sites like Twitter and Facebook for evidence of the practice, known as ‘virtual mobbing’, as part of a clampdown on unacceptable cyber behaviour.

The Crown Prosecution Service said bullies who incite others by creating derogatory ‘hashtags’ or by republishing ‘grossly offensive messages’ will be targeted.

Trolls who post humiliating photo-shopped images on the internet could also face criminal prosecution.

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