Prosecutors to be trained by Twitter in fight against online abuse
In England and Wales, Twitter is training prosecutors to better fight online abuse, according to an article appearing on the Guardian.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that the social media network would help it contend with criminal activity such as using the internet to post explicit images of former partners, an offense under the new revenge pornography laws and the monitoring and stalking of victims using spyware and GPS.
Jenny Hopkins, chief crown prosecutor and the CPS lead on violence against women, told the Guardian that Twitter experts were coming to advice prosecutors and update their skills and knowledge on the matter.
“Social media is increasingly being used as a tool against women and I think it is really positive that Twitter is going to be training our lawyers in the months ahead,” Hopkins said.
Police and prosecutors are also seeing an increasing number of cases in which individuals are using social media to facilitate crimes against women, including rape, blackmail, grooming, harassment and sexual violence.
The CPS is publishing new guidelines on prosecuting new and emerging social media crimes. For the first time, violence against women and girls has been highlighted as an area in which social media is being used by perpetrators. The guidelines are now out to public consultation for six weeks.
According to a 2015 UN report, 18 percent of women have experienced a form of cyber-violence, a definition covering hacking, harassment, surveillance and revenge porn.
Nick Pickles, Twitter’s head of UK public policy, said he hoped that by working with the CPS to give prosecutors an in-depth understanding of the social network and the rapid development of digital communication platforms, UK citizens would be better protected.