Trolling Could Become A Crime After Katie Price Appeals To Government

The Internet isn't exactly new at this stage, but the law is still playing catch-up in terms of how it handles online crime.

One shining example of this is 'trolling', which, despite having no real laws to control it, can be extremely harmful. In particularly severe cases it can lead to mental health problems or even suicide among victims.

However, it looks like things could soon be set to change, as a campaign spearheaded by Kate Price is forcing the government to reassess how it deals with online bullying.

The government is now considering making online trolling a crime after the former glamour model called for the introduction of 'Harvey's Law'.

The subject is something particularly close to Price's heart after her 15-year-old disabled son fell victim to cruel bullying from online trolls.

Credit: Katie Price/Instagram
Credit: Katie Price/Instagram

She told how Harvey - who is partially blind and has a range of health problems - is constantly targeted.

Harvey Price was targeted on Twitter last year by a 19-year-old internet bully who received a caution from Sussex Police.

But Ms Price told MPs that police had been powerless to act on similar cases.

She said: "I've got five children and all of the online abuse is only against one of my children. He gets mocked for his size, the way his eyes are, the colour of his skin. I kept reporting people and reporting people but then those get closed down and reopened so it started again.

"I went to the police, twice. They've arrested two people with all of their computers and phones and everything. But they couldn't charge them with anything because there's nothing in place."

Credit: Katie Price/Instagram
Credit: Katie Price/Instagram

But now Justice Secretary David Gauke has revealed he is considering change the law.

The comments come after TV personality Ms Price gave evidence to a Commons committee on the issue.

Asked about Ms Price's campaign, Mr Gauke told ITV's Peston On Sunday: "I think we have to consider that. I mean what we see is some appalling behaviour on social media."

Credit: Katie Price/Instagram
Credit: Katie Price/Instagram

Speaking on The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE, Price said: "I've had two people arrested, but it's got to the point where the police are saying there is nothing more that they can do as there is nothing they can charge them with. So I thought, 'I am going to do something about this.'

"Last year I set up a petition, you need about 10,000 [signatures] to get noticed - you need 100,000 for it to go to the Select Committee. Within a week I had 220,000 signatures."

Price also hope to see the introduction of a register for offenders.

Featured Image Credit: Katie Price/Instagram

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