– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Bridge, of GMP’s Public Protection Division
Maintaining the anonymity of victims of sex offences is absolutely vital and is something that really helps encourage them to come forward.
Breaching this ruling is an extremely serious offence and that is why we launched an investigation as soon as we became aware.
Social media is an immensely powerful tool that does an awful lot of good, but it can also be used to spread rumour, speculation and in this case break the law.
As a force GMP embraces the use of social media but when it is abused in this way we will take robust action to hold those responsible to account.
A man has been arrested in connection with a tweet that claimed to know the identity of a rape victim.
A tweet containing personal opinion about who the author thought was a victim of sex offences, including rape was sent on Wednesday February 27 2013.
By law, victims of all sexual offences are afforded anonymity for life.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of publishing a name, address or photograph that would identify someone that should be anonymous.