Websites to be forced to identify online bullies

  • 12 June 2012
Girl using Facebook on her mobile phone

Websites will soon be forced to identify online bullies, or "trolls", under new government plans.

It wants victims to be able to quickly find out who's posting nasty messages on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

At the moment, it can take a long time and loads of money going to court to get websites to hand over this info.

Last week a woman from Brighton won a court order forcing Facebook to tell her the identities of people who abused her on the site.

A Beatbullying survey in February found more than one in four secondary pupils had suffered cyberbullying.

Celebrities such as Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Adlington have also been victims of trolls.