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Louise Mensch (UK MP): social networks must identify internet bullies who cower behind anonymity
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:52AM BST 13 Jun 2012 | Staff

Posted on 06/13/2012 1:43:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Louise Mensch, the MP whose children were threatened by an internet troll says social networking sites must identify the internet bullies who 'cower behind anonymity.'

Last week Frank Zimmerman, 60, narrowly escaped jail for sending the Corby MP an email branding her the 'slut of Twitter' and threatening that she faced a "Sophie's Choice"—a reference to a novel in which heroine Sophie has to choose between the life of her son or daughter at a Nazi concentration camp.

Zimmerman was found guilty earlier this week and given a suspended jail sentence.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mensch said: "I felt helpless and attacked. The nature of the internet is that you don’t know who is behind the screen. Is it Zimmerman, with his filthy house and his record of targeting women online? Or is it some demented teenager with a gun?"

Mensch described how she was forced to arrange security for her family but the abuse only got worse.

"Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Zimmerman escalated his campaign. He rang me: I knew it was him right away—the well-spoken, English voice, the menace—and hung up. He sent emails from various fake accounts, pretending to be a duke, a doctor, a student. He researched obscure material about my husband’s former address and even about my novelist sister."

The MP has called on internet providers to identify those behind trolling and says prosecutors must take the problem more seriously. …

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: internet; louisemensch; trolls

1 posted on 06/13/2012 1:44:14 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Louise always merits a pic

2 posted on 06/13/2012 1:56:25 AM PDT by wardaddy (the GOP are cowards)
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To: Olog-hai

It was horrible! Someone one called me names and thought badly of me!


3 posted on 06/13/2012 2:12:36 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau

She wouldn’t last on FR a day...she might stand a chance if she posted her pic with her comments.
Might help,might hurt-hard to call that one...

4 posted on 06/13/2012 3:08:26 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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