Source: BBC News
Is your last post on Facebook going to land you in jail?
It might do if it ruins a criminal trial. And the government is now looking for evidence of whether new laws are needed to stop it happening.
The Attorney General, the government’s top law officer, is asking judges, police and victims’ groups for examples of where posts, chat and tweets have compromised a trial.
So how can a post on social media cause such damage? And what can you do to protect yourself? Well, it’s all down to whether you say something that would influence a jury.
Seven ways to avoid affecting a criminal case and to stay out of jail:
- If you have a friend on a jury, don’t message them on Facebook asking about their case – they’re not allowed to tell you.