A bill which aims to stop cyber bullying by groups such as
the Roast Busters will be introduced to Parliament today.
The group, which police say has been operating since 2011,
bragged of having sex with young and drunk girls, then naming
and shaming them on a Facebook page - an action they label
roasting. The group encouraged other young men to join them.
Justice Minister Judith Collins said the Harmful
Communications Bill sent a strong message to those who
harassed and harmed others online that their time was up.
"Cyber bullying can have a devastating effect on people's
lives, particularly young people. This bill will protect
victims and hold perpetrators to account," said Ms Collins.
Proposals in the bill include:
Creating a new civil enforcement regime.
Allowing people to take serious complaints to the District
Court, which will be able to issue remedies such as take-down
Providing a legislative mechanism for people to easily and
quickly request the removal of harmful content from websites.
Making it an offence to send messages and post material
online with intent to cause harm.
Creating a new offence of incitement to commit suicide.
- Audrey Young and APNZ