Twitter hate pair imprisoned after pleading guilty to sending “menacing” tweets
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Twitter hate pair imprisoned after pleading guilty to sending “menacing” tweets

Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, have both been handed a prison sentence after sending tweets to journalist and equality campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez in July last year.  They pleaded guilty to sending by means of a public electronic communications network messages which were menacing in character, contrary to Section 127(1) (A) of the Communications … Continue reading

£35,000 Facebook Libel Claim Succeeds Against Anonymous Troll
Employment Issues / Social Media

£35,000 Facebook Libel Claim Succeeds Against Anonymous Troll

The BBC has reported a case in Northern Ireland in which a High Court judge has awarded damages of £35,000 against an unknown person who defamed people on Facebook. The identities of the three individuals who were libelled directly and by implication – and the business in which they worked – have not been revealed at the request of … Continue reading

Should employers follow criminal guidelines when considering social media misconduct?
Employment Issues / Social Media

Should employers follow criminal guidelines when considering social media misconduct?

In December 2012, Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) set out interim guidelines for the prosecution of people who misuse social media, but are these suitable for use in the workplace? As a result of an increase in the number of allegations the Crown Prosecution Service has had to deal with – about … Continue reading