CPS REVISE GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE HATE CRIME - MISHCON DE REYA LEGAL DIRECTOR RESPONDS
Commenting on the revised guidance from the Crown Prosecution Services, which advises prosecutors in England and Wales to treat online hate crimes as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, Mishcon de Reya Legal Director Emma Woollcott said:
"This guidance is a big step in the right direction: effective deterrence is crucially important in crimes that are so easy to commit, and which have devastating consequences on victims' safety and wellbeing and for society more generally.
"The greatest challenge, however, is to ensure proactive enforcement of the laws, and of social media companies' own policies against online abuse, on the front line. There is no point having such guidance and standards if they are not properly policed, and if essential data is lost by slow and ineffective responses from social media platforms. Victims and their advisors must act quickly and persistently to ensure that perpetrators are identified and brought to justice."