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  • October 11th, 2016

Social Media Gets New Legal Guidelines


New guidance have been published bytThe Crown Prosecution Service to help police determine whether to press charges against someone’s behaviour on social media.

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Under the new guidelines, the posting “disturbing or sinister” Photoshopped images or coming up with derogatory hashtags could lead to a prosecution. Also publishing someone’s address or bank deatails, known as doxxing, and asking other people to retweet a “grossly offensive image” can lead to being prosecuted.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: “Social media can be used to educate, entertain and enlighten, but there are also people who use it to bully, intimidate and harass.

“Ignorance is not a defence and perceived anonymity is not an escape. Those who commit these acts, or encourage others to do the same, can and will be prosecuted.”

The guidelines have been released during Hate Crime Awareness week as they launch a hate crime consultation.

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