Internet: Social Media Sites

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to reduce crimes linked to Twitter and Facebook.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Actions that are illegal offline are illegal online, including on social media and robust legislation is in place to deal with offences such as internet cyber-stalking, and grossly offensive, obscene or menacing behaviour online.

Guidelines for prosecuting cases involving social media communications were issued by the Director for Public Prosecutions last year. The College of Policing also wrote to all Chief Officers outlining training and guidance on tackling online abuse. These guidelines should be used by the police when investigating offences.

Prevention is a key part of the Government's commitment to tackling trolling, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and other forms of abuse and misuse of social networking sites. This includes working with industry, academia, charities and parenting groups to develop tools and information for users aimed at keeping society safe online.

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