GREATER GARDA SUPPORTS NEEDED TO TACKLE SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE – SMITH

12 May 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan- Monaghan Brendan Smith has called on the Justice Minister to engage with social media companies to ensure that they hand over important information to An Garda Síochána in a timely and efficient manner.

Deputy Smith explained, “Last week I read with great concern about the unnecessary obstacles members of An Garda Síochána are experiencing when trying to deal with complaints about social media. It’s believed that up to 20% of all complaints lodged with the Gardaí relate to some element of social media; however concern has been raised about the level of assistance and co-operation between the Garda and these companies, many of which have their headquarters in Ireland.

“Gardaí are reporting a huge increase in online harassment with teenage girls and boys having to be regularly questioned in relation to online bullying and the sharing of indecent images on social media. Many…
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