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A police force allegedly returned a laptop containing images of abuse to a man who was later jailed for rape after an investigation by another force. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating Essex Police's handling of the investigation. In a statement, the IOPC said the…
More child sexual abuse imagery is being found on the internet than ever before, according to new research by a British charity which tracks such images online. The Internet Watch Foundation found 78,589 URLs featuring disturbing content last year, a 37% rise on the previous 12 months. Around a third…
A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four in five people support tighter regulation of the platforms to reduce perceived negative impact on issues like depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The figures, from polling commissioned…
Politicians from across Northern Ireland's political divide have rallied behind a DUP Assembly member who has spoken out about sustained social media abuse over her appearance. Carla Lockhart said while she had grown immune to the constant slurs she had decided to go public after a particularly intense spate of…
Evidence from vigilantes known as "paedophile hunters" was used to charge suspects on at least 150 occasions last year, it has been reported. There has been a seven-fold increase in the use of such evidence from 2015, figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws suggest. Two-thirds of…
Twitter has updated the wording of its rules to make the reporting of hateful comments against disabled people easier following a campaign by a disability charity. Muscular Dystrophy UK had called for the social media site to change its abusive tweet reporting page, claiming the lack of a clear option…
The number of people seeking help to stop viewing child abuse images has risen by 40%, figures suggest. Data from the Stop it Now! campaign, run by child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, showed 36,443 people contacted the scheme in 2017. This was up from the 26,089 potential offenders…
Almost one-quarter of all registered sex offenders carried out online child sexual abuse, according to a snapshot taken by Police Scotland. This comes as Police Scotland launches a new campaign to warn perpetrators who sexually abuse children online of the life-changing consequences of their actions. The campaign speaks directly to…
The internet was used to commit at least a fifth of all sexual crimes recorded in Scotland last year, a new report on cyber crime has estimated. The study, published by the Scottish Government, also revealed a number of gaps in knowledge about hi-tech crime. It found “evidence that cyber-crime…
A man who runs a Facebook page with tens of thousands of followers has been jailed for 21 months for a seven-month stalking campaign of "psychological warfare" against a woman who had rebuffed his advances. Paul Nelson, who is responsible for the Spotted Portsmouth community information page, left his victim…
Victims of revenge pornography withdrawing from legal action is "starting to become a problem", Labour has said. Shadow solicitor general Nick Thomas-Symonds (pictured) also called for better data collection on the offence to monitor whether new laws to tackle revenge pornography are effective. Solicitor General Robert Buckland said the Government…
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has revealed she received three death threats in six years as she backed a campaign urging Twitter to do more to stop online abuse. Ms Dugdale joined Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to reveal the extent of the…
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