In the UK, social media trolls who create fake profiles under their victims’ names in order to humiliate them will face criminal charges under new guidelines released by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has stated the guidelines are a response to the increasing use of false identity to post humiliating material online. Saunders stated: “The new guidelines make it very clear that when someone has used someone else’s identity and then posted [offensive] pictures then we should be prosecuting under the revenge pornography offences, which were new last year. We have seen an increase in the number of those cases going through the courts.”
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