Britain's internet "trolls" found spreading abuse on social media could face up to two years in jail under laws proposed by the U.K.'s justice minister.
The move against what Justice Secretary Chris Grayling described as online "cowards" will see a quadrupling of the current maximum sentence of six months.
"These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life," Grayling told British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.
"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 tougher stance comes after Chloe Madeley, the daughter of popular British TV hosts Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley, received rape threats online.