Youngsters abusing on Twitter may avoid prosecution under new guidelines in UK
Youngsters may avoid prosecution over abusive comments made on social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and would instead be told to exercise 'real caution' before being punished for their acts under new guidelines to be issued soon, according to a report.
The guidelines on how to deal with comments on social media are expected to be published by Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions in the UK.
Starmer is expected to say that while young people are active users of such websites, prosecutors should be slow to bring them before the courts, The Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, the guidelines are expected to tell them to focus on the intent involved when posting comments, as well as context, and how many people read the insults.
Also under the guidelines, it is expected that people who post one-off comments are unlikely to face criminal charges unless they include threats, the paper said.
However, so-called internet "trolls" who carry out sustained attacks on individuals or make "gross or threatening" remarks will still face prosecution, the paper added.