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UK Government Combats Trolls with Website for Abuse Victims

Despite widespread initiatives to hit back against online abuse, the problem doesn't seem to be shrinking. Any preventative measures taken against online abuse tend to just redirect the current, rather than stopping it. It seems like a far better way to address the issue is to offer help to the victims, rather than making it harder for the perpetrators. The government seems to think so, anyway.

Last week they launched a new site intended to help people who have been on the receiving end of web-based bile. The site is principally aimed at women and members of the LGBT community, with specific sections dedicated to sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The site offers advice on how to identify online abuse and how to appeal to have it removed from the site in question.

The advice extends beyond just people saying nasty things though, Stop Online Abuse also features an extensive section on doxxing (revenge porn or any other personal information shared without permission), as well as cyberstalking. Depending on the severity of the case, the site can show you how to appropriately respond or in worse scenarios how to take legal action against the abuser (or abusers).

The initiative was spearheaded by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. “This site is another sign of our determination to tackling discrimination in all its forms and to creating a fairer society for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity." She said, writing on Pink News about the site launch. The announcement neatly coincided with the Pride parade in London, as well as a wider campaign to raise awareness about hate crime.

Online abuse has been around for almost as long as the internet has, but often attempts to actively rally against it falter because it can be so hard to define. The right to freedom of speech is often what muddies the water, but measures to help people feeling victimised are far less likely to run into any such issues.

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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