A change to the UK’s Criminal Justice and Court Act means that Internet Trolls sending a message or items, “with the intention of causing distress or anxiety,” or, “which convey an indecent or grossly offensive message or are themselves of an indecent or grossly offensive nature.” has increased from a maximum of 6 months in prison to two years.
The change which came into effect yesterday was originally proposed in October last year.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling commented at the time saying
This is a law to combat cruelty, and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob. We must send out a clear message: if you troll you risk being behind bars for two years.
The law covers online interactions and extremes like revenge porn.