The new guidelines outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity
In this Aug. 12, 2017 photo, first responders work with victims at the scene where a man identified by police as James Alex Fields Jr., plowed a car into a crowd of people who had gathered to protest a white supremacist rally earlier in the day, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police charged Fields with second-degree murder and other counts after a silver Dodge Challenger they say he was driving barreled through the crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19. (Go Nakamura via AP), photo: Go Nakamura via AP
21 of August 2017 12:56:11
LONDON – British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.New guidelines issued Monday outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, the guidance for the first time recognizes hate crimes against bisexuals as distinct from homophobic or transphobic attacks."These documents take account of the current breadth and context of offending to provide prosecutors with the best possible chance of achieving justice for victims," Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said in a statement. "They also let victims and witnesses know what they should expect from us."