Huge spike in Brits visiting twisted incel sites calling for women to be raped

The UK has seen a massive increase in people visiting twisted “incel” sites which call for all women to be raped.

The Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found that UK web traffic data for three of the largest “incel” sites has grown six-fold during the period of March to November 2021 – from 114,420 monthly visits to 638,505.

The Times reported that users on the sites referred to Plymouth mass shooter Jake Davison as a hero and called for “all women to be raped at least once”.

Davison killed his mother Maxine after a row and then shot dead four others in a 12-minute attack.

His social media usage suggested an obsession with “incels” – an online culture in which sexually frustrated men vent their anger at women who won't sleep with them

In December 2021, the Law Commission recommended that existing hate crime legislation should be extended to cover hatred on grounds of sex or gender where “stirring up”, or incitement, is involved.

The Law Commission said: “What we are referring to is threatening or abusive material which incites and glorifies violence, including sexual violence, against women and girls, and praises men who murder women.”

Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the CCDH, told The Times: “Make no mistake, incel communities are bound together by an ideology which preaches hatred of women and has inspired deadly real-world attacks.

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“The web-hosting services and other companies who are enabling incels need to stop doing business with disgusting hate groups – or regulators, law enforcement and legislators must and will step in to protect the public.”

In December 2021, a parliamentary report recommended that the Government’s draft Online Safety Bill be strengthened, with paid-for advertising, cyberflashing, content promoting self-harm and deliberately sending flashing images to people with photosensitive epilepsy added to the scope of the Bill.

It also said the proposed regulator, Ofcom, should be given more powers to audit and fine companies in breach mandatory codes of practice that should be introduced, with named senior managers as “safety controllers”, who could be found liable if their company failed to protect users.

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