The United Kingdom has passed a law that recognizes ‘domestic violence over social media’, and makes it a punishable offense. According to the new law, threatening or even monitoring someone via social media counts as domestic violence. So how do they distinguish between the average act of ‘following’ someone on Facebook or Twitter, and monitoring? Good question.
After the pressure of a boycott by advertisers (remember, folks, money is always where it most hurts companies), Facebook has finally copped to the fact that they need to do a better job at policing and disallowing images and words that depict or encourage or glorify domestic violence (calling status updates that discuss it “hate speech”).