A GROUP of MPs has called for people spreading abuse on social media websites to be slapped with an 'internet Asbo' which would ban them from using Facebook and Twitter.
The report from the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism urges the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the use of prevention orders to stop those prosecuted of hate crimes from returning to social media, Sky News reports.
The panel argues that there was a rise in incidents against Jews in the past year, noting that 'Hitler' and 'Holocaust' were among the top 35 key words used on Twitter last summer.
The report reads: "If it can be proven in a detailed way that someone has made a considered and determined view to exploit various online networks to harm and perpetrate hate crimes against others, the accepted principles, rules and restrictions that are relevant to sex offences must surely apply."
It also notes that such policing will be tricky, both for law enforcement and the social media websites in question.
"Given the scale of social media content produced on a daily, let alone minute-by-minute basis, we have some albeit limited sympathy for the companies that are responsible for hosting it," the report states.
"Whilst there is rightly an expectation on those companies to act as there is on government, police and prosecuting authorities, so too civil society has a crucial role to play."
Labour MP John Mann welcomed the report, saying: "This is a plan of action and a work programme for parliament and government.
"It is the responsibility of parliamentarians to take the lead in this fight. Whoever is in power ... can be on notice that we expect it to be the basis of their work programme on tackling anti-Semitism and the new government will be held to account on its delivery."
Prime minister David Cameron, who recently called for an online panic button to curb the threat of terrorism, described the report as "hugely important".
The report comes just days after Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo admitted that the company "sucks" at dealing with abuse and so-called trolling, vowing in an internal memo to "start kicking these people off right and left".
It also follows new laws proposed by UK justice secretary Chris Grayling in October.
Grayling wants to quadruple the current maximum six-month sentence to 24 months to turn up the heat on "internet trolls and cowards who are poisoning our national life". µ
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