Unpopular Twitter accounts could escape prosecution for ‘grossly offensive’ tweets – Daily Telegraph

“Twitter account holders with few followers could escape prosecution for posting ‘grossly offensive’ messages as part of an attempt to protect free speech online, under new guidelines being developed by Britain’s most senior prosecutor.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2012

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Facebook user avoids jail over April Jones comments – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2012 in internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, victims by sally

“A sales adviser who made a series of depraved sexual comments about five-year-old April Jones on Facebook has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2012

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Ignorance is no defence on Twitter and Facebook, warn legal experts – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2012 in defamation, defences, internet, malicious communications, news, publishing by sally

“Media lawyers Niri Shan and Lorna Caddy explain why commenting on Twitter and Facebook is no longer the same as a chat down the pub.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2012

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Lawcast 222: John Cooper QC on the DPP round table social media prosecutions discussions – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to John Cooper QC. The DPP is holding a series of round table meetings to consider where the law should be in relation to online social media spoken and written. Rather strangely – while the DPP invited lawyers who have been involved in recent high profile cases and some lawyers who weren’t even peripherally involved – Keir Starmer QC did not extend an invitation to leading criminal silk John Copper QC who actually led the team in the celebrated Paul Chambers Twitterjoketrial case – which the team won.”

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Charon QC, 10th October 2012

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“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Facebook and Twitter sentences: Are judges out of touch with social media? – BBC News

“A 12-week prison sentence given to a man who posted offensive comments on Facebook about missing April Jones and Madeleine McCann has been criticised by legal commentators as disproportionate. But are judges and magistrates out of touch when it comes to social media?”

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BBC News, 10th October 2012

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Facebook and Twitter could be asked to increase moderation of networks – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2012 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news, prosecutions by sally

“The director of public prosecutions is exploring whether Facebook and Twitter should take more responsibility for policing their networks for abuse and harassment in an attempt to reduce the number of cases coming to court.”

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The Guardian, 9th October 2012

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Man gets community sentence for Facebook post about dead soldiers – The Guardian

“A man who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British soldiers which said: ‘All soldiers should die and go to hell’ has been sentenced to a community order and told to pay costs of £300 by magistrates.”

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The Guardian, 9th October 2012

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Twelve weeks in prison for sick jokes on Facebook? Really? – UK Human Rights Blog

“A 20-year-old has been sent to prison for twelve weeks for posting offensive and derogatory comments about missing five-year-old April Jones on his Facebook page. His attempts at humour were undoubtedly stupid, offensive and exhibited incredibly poor taste and timing. But is a long spell in prison really the way we should be dealing with offensive idiots? Is a law which was passed before social media existed now placing a significant chill on our freedom of expression rights?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2012

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April Jones Facebook comments: should Matthew Woods be in prison? – The Guardian

“Director of public prosecutions to draft guidelines about prosecution for offensive, indecent, or obscene comments online.”

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The Guardian, 9th October 2012

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DPP statement on Tom Daley case and social media prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has said:

‘On 30 July 2012 Daniel Thomas, a semi-professional footballer, posted a homophobic message on the social networking site, Twitter. This related to the Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield. This became available to his ‘followers’. Someone else distributed it more widely and it made its way into some media outlets. Mr Thomas was arrested and interviewed. The matter was then referred to CPS Wales to consider whether Mr Thomas should be charged with a criminal offence.'”

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Crown Prosecutions Service, 20th September 2012

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‘All soldiers should die’ Facebook poster found guilty – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2012 in armed forces, malicious communications, news by sally

“The parents of one of six British troops killed in the most deadly attack in Helmand were among those horrified to read a Facebook message days later that said ‘all soldiers should die and go to hell’, a court heard.”

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The Independent, 14th September 2012

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Man fined £110 for sending abusive email to Tory MP – The Guardian

“A man who abused a Tory MP in a crude email after the politician was headbutted by a rival at Westminster was fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 costs yesterday. Nicholas Scales told MP Stuart Andrew to ‘stop wasting police time and get your fucking job done’, Leeds magistrates court heard.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2012

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We don’t need new laws for Twitter trolls, say police chiefs – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2012 in complaints, internet, malicious communications, news, police by sally

“The body representing Britain’s chief police officers has rejected calls for new laws to govern how the police deal with the abuse of Twitter, saying that problems may eventually be resolved by the microblogging website itself.”

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The Guardian, 4th August 2012

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Tom Daley Twitter abuse arrest leads to calls to educate people of legal risks – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2012 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

“The arrest of a teenager by police investigating abuse of Olympic diving star Tom Daley on Twitter has led to calls for a new initiative educating the public about the ease with which a tweet can end with a jail sentence.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2012

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Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2012 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

“Twitter users have to understand that every tweet is a broadcast – even if it’s prefaced with an @.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2012

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Louise Mensch ‘troll’ sentenced over threatening email – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2012 in internet, malicious communications, news, restraining orders, sentencing by sally

“An internet ‘troll’ who sent a threatening email to a Conservative MP has been banned from contacting a host of celebrities, including Lord Sugar.”

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The Guardian, 11th June 2012

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Reading man jailed for dead girl ‘trolling’ insults – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2011 in ASBOs, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by tracey

“A Berkshire man has been jailed for posting abusive messages online about a schoolgirl after she committed suicide. Sean Duffy, 25, of Reading, was handed an 18-week sentence for posts on social networking sites about Worcester teenager Natasha MacBryde.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2011

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Jade Goody website ‘troll’ from Manchester jailed – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2010 in internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by sally

“An ‘internet troll’ who posted obscene messages on Facebook sites set up in memory of dead people has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2010

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Blogger fined for ‘menacing’ rant – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2008 in internet, malicious communications, news by sally

“A blogger who ‘let off steam’ about the way he was treated by police has been convicted of posting a grossly offensive and menacing message.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2008

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