A victim of online abuse is calling for 'anti-trolling' legislation to be introduced in Ireland.
It comes after Australia brought in new laws that force social media companies to provide details of users who post defamatory comments.
The rules will also offer a pathway for those users to be sued.
I can’t explain how much we need this legislation here in Ireland. A huge part of my work in the next year will be focused on getting a bill of the same nature passed here in Ireland. People shouldn’t be able to spread lies and ruin characters so easily. Enough is enough. https://t.co/FO3wDEZ27B
— Alexandra Ryan (@SweetLikeAli) November 29, 2021
Under the legislation, social media companies would have to collect personal details, so the courts can access them for defamation cases.
CEO of Goss.ie, Alexandra Ryan wans to see similar rules introduced here but should include the social media companies too.
"There's people on these forums or on Twitter that may have seen a tweet about me or about someone else."
"That [post] could be viewed by 20,000 people."
"Two people of sound mind believing a fact that's not proven - that's the definition of defamation in this country."
"How are we allowed to be sued for all this money but all these anonymous forums aren't?"
Ms Ryan has spoken publicly about the abuse she's received online.