National Bullying Hotline Head: “Protect Online Trolls”

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According to the head of the National Bullying Hotline revealing the identity of online trolls could lead to “vigilante justice”, and thus they should be protected.

According to The Telegraph [1]:

Christine Pratt, founder of the National Bullying Helpline, has said it would be “dangerous” and “irresponsible” to reveal the identities of online abusers, as it may lead to people “trying to take matters into their own hands”. 

“I believe it would be dangerous to name and shame folk publically,” she wrote in The Observer’s Tech Monthly magazine. “I fear it would entice hatred.”

She added that there should be a database of offenders held by police, courts and “responsible parties”, to ensure that repeat offenders are dealt with. 
Ms Pratt and her husband David founded the National Bullying Helpline in 2007 in Swindon, Wilts. 

In February 2010, Ms Pratt was at the centre of a controversy when she alleged that her charity had received calls from people working within Downing Street [2].

This was seen as a breach of their confidentiality, and led to the resignation of all four patrons of the organisation, including Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe and television presenter Sarah Cawood. 

The charity closed in 2011 due to a lack of funding but re-opened in 2012 as a privately run organisation.




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