Welcome to what is already turning out to be a very newsworthy 2014 from a Digital Legal perspective.
Two “trolls” were found guilty on 7 January of sending tweets of a “menacing” nature to Caroline Criado – Perez after she rose to prominence in 2013 for her campaign to have Jane Austen’s image featured on the new £10 note. The two defendants had sent a range of abusive tweets to the campaigner including “I will find you :)”, “go kill yourself” and “I’ve only just got out of prison and would happily do more time to see you berried(sic)!!”. Prosecution Counsel confirmed that the victim had suffered “life changing psychological effects” as a result of the abuse which put her in fear for her safety. Both Defendants were convicted under the Communications Act 2003. (BBC) (more…)