The UK's Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC introduces the guidelines worked to when prosecuting cases from social media, to an audience at Chatham House on 6 February 2013. 

6 February 2013


Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, UK 


Access to social media is ubiquitous and instantaneous, and communications intended for a few may reach millions. Against this backdrop the speaker argues that the right to free speech must be balanced with the need to prosecute serious wrongdoing. 

He discusses how the UK Crown Prosecution Service is approaching this task, when many of the laws protecting it were written at and for a time before much of the technology existed.