Her death prompted the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, to criticise such sites, saying they encouraged teenagers to build 'transient relationships' that can leave them traumatised when they collapse.The archbishop, who was appointed to the post in April, said the sites encouraged young people to put too much emphasis on the number of friends they have rather than on the quality of their relationships.Megan Gillan, 15, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, swallowed the tablets to avoid a science exam after classmates posted spiteful messages on the social networking site.
After temporarily making her Twitter profile private, Ash released a statement on her account in an attempt to subdue the angry commenters. Not me.'I'll be off socials for a bit — the abuse and threats are a little much for me right now.'This morning on air we had a great interview with Louis. I loved talking about how far he's come, his new music and his future which looks so bright,' she wrote.'We love Louis and will continue supporting him and his new music as we have always done.'However, it appeared the statement did nothing to quash the backlash, particularly after an unimpressed Louis responded and further fanned the flames.'Probs best to stay on private for a bit longer love! The ensuing comments apparently became too much for Ash to bear, and she posted a second statement announcing her intention to retreat from social media.'Tough day. I won't go on private because I don't have anything to hide.Keeley then told her, "I'll give you something to ring the police about".' Yesterday, jobless Houghton sobbed as she was sentenced to three months in a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to harassment.She was also given a restraining order banning her from contacting Emily in person, via the internet or in any other manner for five years.People have previously been jailed for harassment and stalking on social networking sites but she is thought to be the first to be jailed for bullying via the internet.
Houghton, of Malvern, Worcestershire, had two previous convictions relating to her vendetta against Emily, the court heard.A lot of people claiming I said some things which in reality I simply didn't,' Ash wrote.'What I can apologise for, is describing the quality of someone's facial hair in a lighthearted chat with my two co-hosts. A teenager who posted a death threat on Facebook, yesterday became the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.In 2005 she was convicted of assaulting her as she walked home from school. Two years later she was convicted of causing criminal damage to Emily's home after kicking her front door.District Judge Bruce Morgan said: 'Since Emily Moore was 14 you have waged compelling threats and violent abuse towards her.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.