He said: “There’s a lot of stuff out there that is highly offensive that is put out on a spontaneous basis that is quite often taken down pretty quickly, and the view is that those sort of remarks don’t necessarily need to be prosecuted.”
“I think if there are too many investigations and too many cases coming to court, then that can have a chilling effect for free speech.
“This is about trying to get the balance right, making sure time and resources are spent on cases that really do need to go to court and not spent on cases which people might think really would be better dealt with by a swift apology and removal of the offending tweet.”
In 2012 around 650 people were charged in England and Wales for offences on social media sites.
Tags: criminal law, cyber crime, internet crime, social crime