I am going to start collecting resources here – articles, case law, any individual stories that could be useful.

Please add anything you think is relevant in the comment section or contact me via Twitter @SVPhillimore.



Report from Amnesty

Unsocial media: The real toll of online abuse against women by Azmina Dhrodia

Twitter’s policy against hateful conduct – does not seem to be consistently enforced?

Bar this Troll – Daily Mirror article February 11th


Case Law 

Hayes v Willoughby [2013] UKSC17



Post from Child Protection Resource

Defamation and the Monroe v Hopkins judgment 

Strategies for dealing with on line harassment 


Reviews and Reform Proposals

On 6th February 2018 the Government asked the Law Commission to review the law on ‘trolling’.  The Law Commission will examine:

  • How the Malicious Communications Act 1988 deals with offensive online communications
  • How the Communications Act 2003 deals with online communications
  • What “grossly offensive” means and whether that poses difficulties in legal certainty
  • Whether the law means you need to prove fault or prove intention to prosecute offensive online communications
  • The need to update definitions in the law which technology has rendered obsolete or confused, such as the meaning of “sender”
  • How other parts of the criminal law overlap with online communications laws

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