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Love Island and the perils of online trolling

Love Island has come to an end and it certainly divided opinion.  For some, the ITV2 reality dating show set in a luxurious villa in Mallorca was one of the highlights of this glorious summer and a welcome alternative to what seemed like endless hours of World Cup football.  For many others, it was the…

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Law relating to social media to be reviewed

The Prime Minister has indicated that the Law Commission will review legislation “to ensure that the criminal law, which was drafted long before the creation of social media platforms, is appropriate to meet the challenges posed by this new technology”. A new “social media code of practice”, providing guidelines for content and conduct and how companies report…

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Metropolitan police launch "Online Hate Crime Hub"

The Metropolitan Police are to set up a two-year pilot scheme involving five officers and a team of volunteers to identify online abuse and support victims.  Based in London, the team will filter and identify online hate crimes (hostile offences aggravated by reason of the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity) and allocate…

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Iain Wilson on Radio 5 Live discussing Twitter trolls

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Drive Time show.  Mr Wilson was asked to take part in the show to provide an expert’s view on the law relating to offensive and threatening tweets. The interview can be found at the BBC website (2hrs 52m):-  Click here  

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Culture Secretary calls for overhaul of online abuse law

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, and Senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper have both called for a review of the law governing online harassment, stalking and abuse to prevent inconsistent enforcement and to encourage those affected to report the crime. The current position With the continuing rise in users of social media and a plethora of…

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Iain Wilson interviewed by The Tab on how the internet can turn against you through Cyberbullying

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson features in the latest edition of the UK’s biggest student newspaper The Tab in an article by Bob Palmer on how the internet can turn against you.  A copy of the article can be found here.  

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1,209 internet trolls convicted in 2014

The Ministry of Justice has published figures relating to offences involving the posting of offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages.  The figures show 1,209 individuals were convicted in 2014, up from 143 a decade previously.  155 of the 1,209 were imprisoned.  An additional 685 individuals were cautioned under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 last year. Source: The Times

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Cyberbullying, Online Harassment & Twibel – The State of Play in 2015

Brett Wilson have published an e-book exploring the development of online abuse.  The 21 page guide charts the recent explosion of cyberbullying and the potential dangers of social media use. The guide is split into four chapters:- Cyberbullying, Trolling and Social Media Twitter Libel, Prosecutions and Contempt of Court Revenge Porn and the Misuse of…

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Landmark trolling case against Google settles on eve of trial

The eagerly anticipated case of Hegglin v Person(s) Unknown and Google Inc has settled the day before it was due to come to trial (24 November 2014).  Mr Hegglin, a former Morgan Stanley banker, had issued proceedings following a sustained campaign of internet abuse against him by an anonymous troll. Thousands of abusive and offensive articles were published by the troll referring…

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Select Committee conclude criminal law sufficient for social media offences

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has concluded that the criminal law is “generally appropriate” and sufficient for the prosecution of offences committed using social media and no further legislation is required.  Following a number of high profile social media incidents such as the McAlpine-Bercow libel case, the trolling of female MPs, the publishing of current photographs…

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