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Police probe offensive messages on Belfast buy and sell Facebook page

Be careful what you post, warn police.

By Jonny Bell

Police in Northern Ireland have launched an investigation into offensive messages posted on Facebook.

It is believed the investigation centres on a Belfast buy and sell page on Facebook on which the offending messages along with pictures were posted about people, their families and their children.

Officers are warning people they could face criminal charges over the messages posted on the social network.

Inspector Roy Burnside said: “Police in Belfast are aware of a number of offensive posts that have appeared on a social media page, the contents of which are currently being examined by police.

“I would like to remind everyone that uses social media to be mindful of the content of any material they post online. Be responsible, otherwise you may leave yourself open to criminal charges.

“When posting comments on social media or elsewhere on the internet there are a number of laws to be mindful of including libel, contempt, harassment as well as discrimination and public order legislation.

“Social media users are personally responsible for the content they post and there can be both criminal and civil law implications to posting comments online.

“Where a report is made to police of possible criminal offences officers will always investigate and where evidence exists prosecutions will be sought.

“Anyone who has any concerns is asked to contact Police on the 101 number.”

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