The Director of Public Prosecutions has today published interim guidelines setting out the approach prosecutors should take to cases involving communications sent via social media. GCN's Pete Weatherby QC was interviewed today for BBC Radio 5 Live to provide legal explanation of these guidelines.

Pete Weatherby QC discussed the new welcome clarification made in the guidelines as to when people will and will not be prosecuted for offensive tweets and Facebook comments. He explained that the interim guidance, which is now in force (but subject to a consultation period that runs until March 2013), now makes a clear distinction between communications which constitute a credible threat and those which may merely cause offence.

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The BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Pete Weatherby QC was broadcast at 23.10pm on 19th December 2012.
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Fast forward through the programme to reach the interview at 0:40:00

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19th December 2012 - DPP launches public consultation on prosecutions involving social media communications - CPS Press release

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