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Social media-related crime up by 780%

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Crime linked to the use of Facebook and Twitter has increased 780% in four years.

According to The Guardian, complaints to the police about crimes in which the social media sites were a factor reached 4,908 last year.

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In 2008, only 556 similar complaints were made.

Roughly 650 people were charged last year as a result of social network crime.

The figures were released by 29 police forces in England, Scotland and Wales.

A number of forces also released their figures in more detail, showing that harassment and threatening messages were some of the most common complaints raised by the public.

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In July this year, a 17-year-old was arrested and released on bail after sending diver and Olympic bronze medal winner Tom Daley abusive messages on Twitter.

Other recent high-profile victims of online abuse include Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, The X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney and 'Say Nothing' singer Example.

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