In the Oct. 4 police statement, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector David Bentley said the police acted appropriately.

“There is significant commentary on social media around the perceived circumstances behind this investigation. We do not have the freedom of detailing every stage of our inquiries or the specifics of an allegation on social media as it is critical we do not pre-empt or prejudice any future proceedings at any stage,” he said.

“When we receive an allegation of a crime, in this instance one where a grossly offensive message is said to have been communicated, it is our job to assess it alongside any available evidence to identify if an offence has been committed. If it has, we gather further evidence and carry out an investigation to prove or disprove the allegation. That is exactly the process that is being followed in this case,” Bentley said.

Farrow is campaign director for the internet activism organization CitizenGO, which organizes pro-life and conservative petition and lobbying efforts in nations across the world.