The Defamation Bill, which had its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday, would cut through a slow and costly legal process, while giving “trolls” a reason to think twice before posting unfounded allegations or damaging, libelous comments against others.
“The government wants a libel regime for the Internet that makes it possible for people to protect their reputations effectively,” says Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, “but also ensures that information online can’t be easily censored by casual threats of litigation against website operators.” Toward that end, the law is written to protect website operators who are in full compliance with the order. It even encourages sites to act as intermediaries to help resolve disputes between commenters and their targets.
Seems like quite an effort to tame the wild west that is the webs. But should the law go after trolls like this, putting the websites they frequent in the middle of things? If such laws were adopted in your country, would it make you twice about posting negative comments? Tell us what you think in the comments.