No charge over Daley tweet

A semi-professional footballer will not be prosecuted over a homophobic tweet he wrote about the Olympic synchronised diving duo Tom Daley Peter Waterfield. The DPP is to issue new social media guidelines "because of emerging issues and challenges."

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DPP: time has come for debate over free speech in social media

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer has said "the time has come for an informed debate about the boundaries of free speech in an age of social media".

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Starmer said that new guidelines were needed because this was just one of a growing number of such cases and there were likely to be many more.

He added: "Social media is a new and emerging phenomenon raising difficult issues of principle, which have to be confronted not only by prosecutors but also by others including the police, the courts and service providers."

Mr Starmer will hold a series of round-table meetings with campaigners, media lawyers, academics, social media experts and law enforcement bodies next month before the interim guidelines are published.

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