Social Media

  • Unpleasant comments about people on social media sites are not dealt with by the police unless there is a criminal offence involved
  • Offences might include threats to kill, threats to cause damage, criminal conduct amounting to harassment and comments that incite racial hatred, violence or rioting. If this is the case call Gwent Police on 101 to report it
  • If you think you have been libelled to the extent you wish to take action then you should consult with a solicitor
  • If you are experiencing comments or have seen images you deem to be inappropriate and do not fall into the category of a criminal offence, you should contact the social networking site directly using the self-reporting facility usually via the help or support centre on the web page

Anything you deem to be threatening, harassing or of a criminal nature should be reported to the police and we would ask that any evidence be captured as soon as possible. You should consider the following:

  • Chat logs/images/web address - cut and paste or 'save as' into a word/text document - you could also try the print screen facility
  • You could also try and take a photograph of the screen or leave the page on the screen for the police to view
  • General advice - Make sure to use strong passwords usually a combination of upper case, lower case, symbols and numbers is best. Apply privacy settings to Facebook and use reputable anti-virus/spam protection which should be run regularly