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Prosecutors clarify offensive online posts law

New guidelines could see fewer people being charged in England and Wales for offensive messages on social networks.

New guidelines could see fewer people being charged in England and Wales for offensive messages on social networks.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said people should face a trial only if their comments on Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere go beyond being offensive.

He said the guidance combats threats and internet trolls without having a "chilling effect" on free speech.

The guidance means some people could avoid trial if they are sorry for criminal comments posted while drunk. Tom Symonds reports.

  • 19 Dec
  • From the section UK