This article begins by setting out the human rights provisions that apply to social media expression. It then provides insight into the part social media plays within our society by analysing the social media landscape and how it facilitates a ‘purer’ form of expression. The social media paradox is explored through the lens of current societal issues and concerns regarding the use of social media and how these have manifested into litigation. It concludes by analysing the tension that the application of an array of criminal legislation and jurisprudence has created with freedom of expression, and whether this can successfully mitigated by the Director of Public Prosecution’s Interim Guidelines.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Information & Communications Technology Law on 13/2/15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13600834.2015.1004242
- criminal law
- freedom of expression
- social media