The Service of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS acronym) of Britain is in talks about the laws that affect social media with the goal of publishing standards before Christmas, after several cases of inflammatory comments on Twitter and Facebook.
Police have expressed concern about the increasing number of these cases is asked to intervene. In fact, this week two people have been convicted for crimes related to social media.
Matthew Woods The teenager was sentenced Monday to 12 weeks in prison for insulting jokes about Facebook about the missing girl five years April Jones. The next day, Azhar Ahmed, 20, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for writing “all soldiers should die and go to hell” on Facebook after the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan.
The CPS has invited academics, media lawyers, bloggers and police to participate in the discussion which will last one month. A CPS spokesman said talks are not primarily aimed at changing current law. “For now, the idea is to have clear and consistent rules in the prosecution of these cases in the current legislation,” he said.
The newspaper The Guardian said the CPS are interested in asking if social media companies should improve the supervision of their pages.