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Twitter prosecutions 'may fall'

Fewer criminal charges are likely to be brought against people who post offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook, under new guidelines published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Young people abusing online 'may avoid prosecution'

The guidelines also state that children (under-18s) will rarely face criminal charges for offensive tweets or Facebook statuses, for example.

Young people posting Tweets could avoid prosecution under new rules Credit: PA Wire

Also if a message is swiftly deleted, blocked by service providers or websites or shown not to be intended for a wider audience, a prosecution is unlikely.

While intended for the CPS to make a decision whether to charge someone or not, the guidelines are also designed to offer early advice to police.

The interim guidelines take effect immediately and are now subject to a consultation process.

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