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Legal Framework: Social Media

Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 25th February 2016.

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Photo of Jack Lopresti Jack Lopresti Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke 9:30 am, 25th February 2016

What steps he plans to take to improve the level of public understanding of the legal framework applicable to social media.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

There is clearly some awareness of the legal framework applicable to social media, but I publish warnings online reminding people of their responsibilities wherever appropriate. My office also sends tweets warning social media users of the risk of being in contempt, where a particular problem has been identified. I assure my hon. Friend that I am always looking at ways of raising awareness in this area.

Photo of Jack Lopresti Jack Lopresti Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke

Can my hon. and learned Friend explain what steps are being taken to prevent media coverage of ongoing cases?

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The media quite properly play a role in reporting cases, but any lack of responsibility allows my office and, indeed, criminal law to intervene, particularly in respect of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Detailed guidelines on the prosecution of such cases are available on the CPS website.