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What to Do if You are Harassed on Social Media?

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If you or a, for example, disabled dependent are the subject of material on social media that is offence or malicious which has caused the subject (you or the disabled person) alarm or distress, this could be harassment if it has occurred on two or more occasions.

References made to race or disability (or any protected characteristic) are seen to aggravate any potential offense.

What is to be done?

  1. Firstly, contact the Social Media Platform in Question and report the matter and ask them to take action.
  2. Contact the police.  This can be done online, but perhaps the best thing to do is go to the police station with copies of all relevant documents i.e. Tweets, Posts etc and get a crime number and ask for the contact details of the officer who will be assigned to this matter.
    When you contact the officer – be polite but persistent.  The Police have the means to identify persons making posts etc.
    There are a range of actions open to the Police against persons who post such material.
    They can serve them with a Harassment Warning Notice or, if the harassment persists or in serious cases, the person involved could face prosecution.

In such cases, there could be the opportunity to make a civil claim against (or sue them as it used to be called) such a person – but we will not go into that here.

Click here to download the advice given by the Metropolitan Police which is in PDF format.

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