Katie Price hopes online trolls will be held accountable after the abuse Harvey has been sent (Picture:BBC/@katieprice/instagram)
Katie Price’s petition against online trolling is set to be discussed in the House of Commons today after it gained over 168,000 signatures.
The former glamour model, 42, launched her Track A Troll campaign to ensure people have to supply official ID before being allowed to open a social media account in order to make trolls identifiable.
MPs are set to discuss Online Anonymity and Anonymous Abuse on Wednesday for debate following Prime Minister’s Questions, but no laws will be made or vote held at this stage.
It comes after Katie launched the petition to make it a legal requirement for people to provide a verified form of ID to open a social media account after her son Harvey, 18, was targeted with abuse.
Harvey, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, septic-optic dysplasia and autism, has often been the target for vile trolls who have hidden behind the anonymity of fake profiles.
Katie hopes that bringing in the changes would mean those sending abusive messages would be traceable and be able to be held to account.
Katie’s petition received over 168,000 signatures (Picture:petition.parliament.uk)
Her rep told The Sun: ‘Katie is delighted that her petition has made it to the Prime Minister’s attention for debate.
‘Miss Price awaits an invite to Number Ten to personally address her petition with Boris Johnson and introduce her eldest son Harvey.
‘Boris and Katie have a lot more in common than on face value. They are both highly passionate about fighting for what is right for the people.’
Katie’s campaign for ‘Harvey’s Law’ has been several years in the making, with her launching a petition in 2017 to make online bullying a crime.
She has also spoken to MPs about the abuse levelled at her son, and won the backing of a parliamentary committee in 2019 to make online trolling a specific criminal offense after the House of Commons Petitions Committee deemed current laws not fit for purpose around the self-regulation of social media.
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