According to the UK's security chiefs, legislations as to what
users can say on Twitter and what they cannot are
This statement comes after quite a few controversial views were
posted on the micro-blogging page - and these keep on surfacing on
a daily basis - as well as attempts at bringing so called
"Twitter trolls" to justice in the court of
The police spokesperson stated that Twitter itself should be
snooping around in order to find inappropriate commentators and
suspend their accounts rather than security officials doing so. It
has also been said that the social media platform should be doing
it much faster too.
Stuart Hyde, e-crime spokesperson, said to
Tomorrow (Radio 4):
"I think there is a case that if you are going to run it as a
commercial organisation, then you have got to allow people to use
it safely and securely, and have the processes in place where
people are acting in a strange way - and the word troll comes to
mind - then you get them off as quickly as possible."
He also commented that it was not affordable or convenient for
the police to employ more officers to investigate online threats
and that there isn't yet a formal legislation which tells
authorities how to deal with web "trolls".
"There hasn't been separate legislation, so we are
using legislation that wasn't particularly created for this, but it
works reasonably, well most of the time."
SimplifyDigital tends to agree - punishing "trolls" who
are hurting feelings or attacking people via Twitter is one thing,
but making sure more officers are hired to patrol the streets is
much more important.