Labour party chairman calls for action on internet hate mails

Labour party chairman Hans Spekman has made a plea for an offensive to improve the way people react to each other on the internet, after receiving a stream of hate mails.

Spekman on Thursday published some of the hate mails he has been sent on his blog and says he would favour prime minister Mark Rutte taking the lead in a campaign for better manners.
The party chief says he gets up to 1,000 insulting mails and social media messages in a month.
Spekman said he is fed up of being threatened, wished a slow death and horrible diseases. He has twice made formal police complaints about death threats, RTL news reported.
‘Internet is fast becoming a sewer in terms of public behaviour,’ Spekman said. ‘We need to set boundaries,’ he told Radio 1.
Not only politicians, but housing corporation bosses and social service staff are also subjected to hate mails. ‘It does not stop if you ignore it,’ he said. ‘We must do something about the idiots with no limits.’
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