Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post humiliating photoshopped images could face jail, the country’s most senior prosecutor has warned.
The Crown Prosecution Service has published new guidance to help police determine whether to press charges against someone for their behaviour on social media.
It comes after a major report found one in four teenagers suffered abuse online because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or transgender identity.
Cases of sexting that involve underage children should not be pursued for prosecution if the images are shared consensually between two children of a similar age in a relationship, the CPS said.
But it added that if such cases involved “exploitation, grooming or bullying” it may be appropriate to attempt to prosecute those responsible.
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