Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Social Media Prosecution Guidelines updated

Social Media Prosecution Guidelines: "The final guidelines are broadly similar to those published for consultation, although changes made following feedback to the consultation include:
Greater detail about communications targeting specific individuals, particularly making it clear that this category relates to communications that constitute harassment or stalking
Clarification that where a communication might constitute a credible threat of violence or harassment or stalking, prosecutors should consider whether the offence is racially or religiously aggravated or whether there is aggravation related to disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity and pay particular regard to the increase in sentence provisions
In cases where communications might be considered grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false that meet the high threshold for prosecution, guidelines have been amended to make clear that prosecutors should particularly consider whether there is a hate crime element to the communication, when assessing impact on  victim
Clarification of the wording of the public interest factors to be considered for prosecution under S.1 Malicious Communications 1988 or S.127 Communications Act 2003" 'via Blog this'

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