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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

Will you be prosecuted for what you’ve just tweeted? High profile international barrister Felicity Gerry from 36 Bedford Row discusses some of the pitfalls of social media in the context of defamation and malicious communications. She provides useful examples of how insults and malicious communications are perceived and a useful break-down of what is/is not acceptable when communicating via social media like Twitter and Facebook, as explained in the CPS Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media in June 2013.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand when an insult or type of malicious communication is likely to be prosecuted;
  • Know what the public interest test is in a prosecution;
  • Have considered the CPS Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media;
  • Know what a ‘credible threat’ is.
Level:
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Classification:
Legal Principles
Legislative Updates
Market Update / Hot Topic
Sources and References:
  • Broadcasting Act 1990;
  • Chambers v DPP [2012] EWHC 2157 (Admin);
  • Communications Act 2003;
  • CPS Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media;
  • Defamation Act 2013;
  • DPP v Collins [2006] UKHL 40;
  • Malicious Communications Act 1988.
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In this two-part CPDcast series Felicity Gerry from 36 Bedford Row discusses some of the pitfalls of social media. She looks at insults and social media in the context of defamation and malicious communications – a very topical issue following the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013.

Date Recorded: 5th November 2013

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