You think life could never get more complicated then you read a news headline that goes something like this: Stalkers could be banned from Facebook and Twitter in major crackdown on harassment. In other words, there are talks about applying certain existing laws to limit stalkers from targeting their victims through social networking sites.
The Threat is Huge!
“Stalking is pernicious and can affect anyone regardless of their walk of life. It has a devastating impact on the lives of those who become victims.” Nazir Afzal, the CPS community liaison director responsible for stalking and harassment crimes.
Apparently, and after the many threats which seem to be brought to us by social media, someone put there foot down and said: The law must be applied to those virtual yet living networks! Prosecutors should issue restraining orders that “meet the particular risks presented in each case” and there “should not be a repetition of routine clauses”.
“Prosecutors must now look at the bigger picture when dealing with these cases because we know that treating incidents of stalking as isolated belies the full impact on the victim and the criminal behavior of the perpetrator”.
Restrictions could include orders “not to display any material relating to victims on social networking sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter”. Read more here
What do you think: Do you agree with this step or do you think it’s an extreme move?
Looking forward to your feedback down below…