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New guidelines for policing social media are to be discussed to avoid a "chilling effect" on free speech, the most senior prosecutor in England and Wales has said.
Director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC told the BBC that the right to be offensive "has to be protected".
His comments came in the wake of two prosecutions for offensive postings.
UK To Review Policing Of Social Media Free Speech [bbc.co.uk]
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will invite lawyers and academics, as well as representatives from social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, to be part of the discussions.
The new measures are expected to be announced before Christmas.