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It is an objective test based upon the prosecutor's assessment of the evidence (including any information that he or she has about the defence).

"Social media" commonly refers to the use of electronic devices to create, share or exchange information, ideas, pictures and videos with others via virtual communities and networks.

Prosecutors should make an initial assessment of the content of the communication and the conduct in question so as to distinguish between: Communications which may constitute threats of violence to the person or damage to property.

Communications which specifically target an individual or individuals and which may constitute harassment or stalking, controlling or coercive behaviour, disclosing private sexual images without consent, an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, blackmail or another offence.

As far as the evidential stage is concerned, a prosecutor must be satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

This means that an objective, impartial and reasonable jury (or bench of magistrates or judge sitting alone), properly directed and acting in accordance with the law, is more likely than not to convict.

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