Twitter victims strike back
By Rhory Robertson and Aimee Stevens
Social media offers its users an extraordinary and unprecedented freedom to communicate and let their voice be heard. But the abuse, bullying, harassment and trolling that has taken place in recent months on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and ask.fm has not gone unnoticed.
Two Twitter trolls who sent abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez have recently been sentenced to 12-week (Sorley) and eight-week (Nimmo) custodial sentences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, having already pleaded guilty to sending menacing messages under s127 of the Communications Act 2003. The trolls will also have to pay compensation to the victim.
This appears to be a strong message from the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to those who use social media to troll victims and shows that action will be taken. Indeed only other day, another troll, Peter Nunn, was charged for what are said to be abusive tweets to Stella Creasy MP…
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