Online hate crime
Laws that apply to hate crimes committed in person also apply to online hate crime.
Online hate crime can include:
- online abuse, including verbal and emotional abuse
- offensive literature and websites
- abusive private messages and hate mail; and
- online bullying
On-line hate crime can spread very quickly and can cause a lot of harm and upset.
It can be aimed at people or groups of people and it is very difficult to find out who did the crime.
Some people think that online hate crime is not taken seriously.
Online hate crime can be carried out by a large number of people making it difficult to find out who was responsible.
Does the current law deal effectively with online hate?
Yes / No
Please tell us why?
Email: Independent review of hate crime legislation - secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House