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Facebook and Twitter harassment cases rocket in Gloucestershire

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 20, 2014


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Online harassment in Gloucestershire from social networking sites like Facebook have rocketed according to reports.

Complaints to the county force have risen 69% in the last three years according to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the Daily Mirror.

Cases reported include instances where family feuds have blown up into online wars to disgruntled ex-partners posting explicit pictures of their exes - so-called revenge porn.

Chief Constable Andy Trotter of the Association of Chief Police Officers told the Mirror prosecuting people for harassment on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter is difficult.

"Every force has specialist investigators who look into crimes with a link to social media.

"As the threshold for prosecution in relation to crimes using social media has been set very high, this means that only the most serious offences will be prosecuted."

*Have you had problems online? Echo reporter Michael Yong is investigating the issue and has already been contacted by a number of readers with concerns over online bullying or harassment.

If you would like to add your voice to the investigation email Michael: michael.yong@glosmedia.co.uk or call him on 01242 278092

Useful links for dealing with cyberbullying and online harassment.

Advcie and help from Childline


Facebook family safety pages

Twitter advice and help

UK Safer Internet Centre

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