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Incidents of Harassment Recorded on Social Media in 2016

Question

1) How many incidents of harassment have been recorded on Social Media Platforms in 2016? if possible

2) How many incidents of harassment have been recorded on Facebook specifically in 2016?

3) How many incidents of harassment have been recorded on Twitter specifically in 2016?

 

Answer

In order to identify the information you have requested, a search has been completed of reports labelled with a cyber-crime tag where the MO (modus operandi) mentions either ‘social media’, Facebook’ or ‘Twitter’. These have been provided separately as you have requested, however please note that a record may contain more than one of these key words. To identify incidents of harassment, we have included the following offences in the search:

  • Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress
  • Disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress
  • Harassment
  • Sending letters etc with intent to cause distress or anxiety (Malicious Communications)
  • Send letter / communication / article conveying a threatening message
  • Send letter / communication / article conveying false information
  • Send letter / communication / article conveying indecent / offensive message
  • Stalking involving serious alarm/distress
  • Hacking - Social media and e mail

Please find the requested information below:

Key Word in MO

Count

Social Media

53

Facebook

708

Twitter

11

Total

772

FOI reference: 126/17.

Date of request: 28.01.17.