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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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Twitter naming of Evans rape victim led to prosecutions

Striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years in April. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A woman raped by former Welsh international footballer Ched Evans was forced to adopt a new identity after she was named thousands of times on Twitter.

Evans, who played for Sheffield United at the time of his conviction, was jailed for five years in April after being found guilty of raping the 19-year-old in a hotel room.

Nine people later admitted in court to naming the victim after the case on Twitter and Facebook and were ordered to each pay her £624.

They pleaded guilty, claiming they were unaware they had committed a criminal offence by naming her. A tenth person denied the charge and was bailed until January 21.

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