Recent news has been full of internet asbos (anti-social behaviour orders). The issue has stirred up a lot of feeling for and against the idea.
Abuse and nuisance are not new, but their online versions are particularly vile.
So, yes, it’s probably time to hit the trolls who stir up racially-aggravated hatred by slapping internet asbos on them. These are the same kind of anti-social behaviour orders that currently aim to keep sex offenders offline.
They are modelled on the personal restriction orders given to people for continued activity that stirs up discontent between neighbours, terrorises neighbourhoods or engaging in activities deemed unacceptable by courts.
This new way of hitting particularly anti-Jewish hostility has been recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, which also found that ‘Hitler’ and ‘holocaust’ were among the top 35 keywords used on social media last summer. Read more…