These crimes, of less awareness among society are likely to be the most dangerous.
The popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat have transformed the way we understand and experience crime and victimisation.
Thus, like many other advancements in communication technology, social media has a good, a bad and an ugly side when it comes to its relationship with criminal justice and the law.
There is no doubt social media has been beneficial for some criminal justice institutions.
Moreover, it can be said that ‘social harm’ integrates notions of emotional, cultural, financial/economic and physical harms, and this means that social harms are rated on a greater scale than ‘crime’, in comparison to what criminal law allows.
Crime nowadays can be seen as a regular thing, depending on how society looks at it.In addition, a web gag on social media was imposed by a magistrate who suppressed the information that might compromise the trial.Social media can also be used as a tool for victim-blaming, as occurred after the Kardashian robbery.But while live tweeting represents a step forward in achieving open justice, there remain concerns with the practice.At the other end of the spectrum, social media has been accused of posing risks for many users, particularly young people.At some point, it was a matter of different regions, cultures, and particular laws that made it difficult for people to argue whether a certain thing was a crime or not.In spite of this fact, this problem still exists-for example: if, in one country a particular thing can be a right, in another one it can be a crime-such as abortion.Immediately following the incident, some Facebook and Twitter users argued she got “what she deserves” and that “maybe she will cover herself up now”.Social media can be further be used as a weapon through which the friends and families of victims of crime are exposed to secondary victimisation.In relation to this topic, this essay is going to focus on two important concepts - that of ‘crime’ and that of ‘social harm’, including general definitions, the context in which they can be A concept of social harm enables criminology to move beyond legal definitions of ‘crime’ and acknowledge a wide range of immoral, wrongful and injurious acts that may or may not be deemed illegal, but are arguably more profoundly damaging.In doing so, a social harm perspective may require an abandonment of criminology (as it has been thus conceived)’.