Terror threat fears force Police to steer clear of social media
Social Media

Terror threat fears force Police to steer clear of social media

More than 200,000 Police officers across the UK have been instructed to take extra care on social media sites because of fears that terrorists are monitoring online activities in preparation for an attack. As well as warnings to be vigilant on social media, the instruction also applies to offline activity.  A spokesperson has confirmed this … Continue reading

Arresting statistics – when should social media misconduct result in dismissal?
Employment Issues / Social Media

Arresting statistics – when should social media misconduct result in dismissal?

Recent reports that officers and civilians working for our Police services have been dismissed or ‘invited to resign’ make for shocking reading.  What we have not been told, however, is what levels of misconduct have resulted in the termination of their employment. By way of example, in one force alone, a total of 828 resported cases of … Continue reading

Over 22,000 children and adults investigated by Police for social media abuse
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Over 22,000 children and adults investigated by Police for social media abuse

New statistics released by two thirds of the country’s police forces have revealed that almost 2,000 children have been investigated in the last three years over comments posted on social media sites. Of those, over 1,200 were charged, formally cautioned, fined or warned following their online behaviour, including one aged only nine years old. These figures are … Continue reading

Collymore quits Twitter. But why do sports personalities attract online trolls?
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Collymore quits Twitter. But why do sports personalities attract online trolls?

In the last couple of weeks, footballers and Olympic athletes have come under attack from online trolls, often through Twitter.  Now, former footballer Stan Collymore has accused Twitter of not doing enough to combat abusive messages or taking action against those responsible. He’s even pulled the plug on his own Twitter account, deleting all but … Continue reading

Update: More arrested for inciting racial or religious hatred on Twitter
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Update: More arrested for inciting racial or religious hatred on Twitter

It has been widely reported that more people have been arrested for making alleged offensive comments on social media sites following the attacks in Woolwich, London this week. Following complaints from members of the public, a 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, from the Bristol area were held by Avon and Somerset Police on suspicion of inciting … Continue reading

Tweeting ‘#bloodycyclists’ motorist suspended from her job
Employment Issues / Social Media

Tweeting ‘#bloodycyclists’ motorist suspended from her job

A trainee accountant who has achieved nationwide noteriety after allegedly hitting then tweeting about “#bloodycyclists” is reported to have been suspended from her job. Emma Way tweeted that she had ‘definitely knocked a cyclist off his biker earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax #bloodycyclists’.  As a result of her tweet, … Continue reading