Henry Smith – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Attorney General

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Henry Smith on 2015-09-16.

To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to improve public understanding of the legal framework applicable to social media.

Jeremy Wright

Judging by the number of referrals from members of the public to my office there is clearly some awareness of the legal framework applicable to social media but I have sought to increase this awareness by, for example, issuing online warnings on social media, including Twitter, in appropriate cases.

In relation to the commission of criminal offences by social media users, the Crown Prosecution Service has also issued detailed guidelines to prosecutors on handling cases involving communications sent via social media.