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Analysis posted Jul 31 2012, 10:29 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: InformationLiberation Print

Insult Person On Twitter, Go To Jail

Chris | InformationLiberation

A teenager insulted a public figure on twitter. Then he got arrested. Why? Because in the U.K., it's a "criminal offense" to tweet messages that are considered "menacing, offensive, or indecent."

Via The Independent:
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested over a string of malicious tweets he allegedly sent to the teenage diver Tom Daley over his failure to win an Olympic medal in a case that has raised fresh questions over the policing of comments on social media.

The teenager – who tweeted by the name of @Rileyy_69 – was arrested at 2am yesterday and was being questioned by Dorset police after the young diver retweeted a comment suggesting that Daley had let down his late father who died last year from brain cancer.

The teenager was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act. It carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for a communication “which conveys a message which is indecent or grossly offensive.”

[...]Daley retweeted a message which said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that." Daley responded by tweeting: "After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this..."

Further abusive messages from the same address followed suggesting that the sportsman had “failed” and made a violent threat towards Daley and other Twitter users.

As news of his tweets spread, Rileyy_69 attempted to apologise to Daley. He later added: "please i don't want to be hated I'm just sorry you didn't win i was rooting for you pal to do britain all proud just so upset.”
Note, due to social pressure, the teen apologized and changed his tune. That's how normal human interactions are supposed to take place. Why do the guns of government and fines and jail time need to come into the mix?

Of course, what constitutes "menacing," "offensive," or "indecent" speech is entirely up to the arbitrary whims of the state, earlier this year a 19-year-old U.K student was arrested for posting an antiwar comment to Facebook. I repeat, he was arrested for posting an antiwar comment to Facebook. There was little to no outrage over the incident, the student was just one of many arrested for "offensive" speech in the U.K.

What's funny about laws like these is if it was actually applied efficiently and universally, it would result in the jailing of half or more of the populace. We're on our way there here in the U.S., with some 800,000 "regulations" on the books and 40,000 new laws being passed every year, 1 out of every 32 Americans is either in jail now or on parole, and 1 out of 3 young people are arrested at least once by the age of 23.
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Posted: Aug 01 2012, 5:13 AM

81161 Here's the distribution of the vote-casting in the UK's 1979 election, the one that gave the world Maggie Thatcher and insane corporate financial policies :

Conservative 43.87%
Labour 36.94%
Liberal 13.82%

Here's the number of seat for the 3 parties :
Conservative 53.39%
Labour 42.36%
Liberal 1.73%

That's right, 43.8% of the cast votes gives you absolute majority .
BUt I guess you Americans already know what a joke 'democracy' has turned in to, with the scandalous 2000 Presidential election ?
I mean, Gore got nearly half a million votes more than Bush, despite all the fraud and SCOTUS-BS ..

Posted: Aug 04 2012, 1:53 AM

656 What in the heck are you commenting on Peter? So you don't like Thatcher, is that the point?

Bush was a tool and didn't get my vote (3rd party is really the only justifiable way to vote for honest people in America) but he won fairly. The electoral college has been around for a while and everyone knows it can cause the winner of the popular vote to lose the election.

The joke that "democracy" has turned into is actually a democracy. We've supposed to be a republic with a bill of rights that protects the individuals; but over the last couple decades we've seen fewer and fewer freedoms as our democratically elected leaders trample on these rights and make our republic a true democracy (aka. mob rule, rapidly expanding gov't, and all the abuses and trauma that result when people just vote for whatever benefits they can get themselves)

Posted: Mar 26 2014, 3:15 AM

1080 I went through the same with a family member who was stoped and beated by this pigs, and they sill press charges against him, the charge was beating to an officer, yeah!!!! how is that possible when you have been shocked and have ten pigs on top of you, I just hate this stupid pigs and I hope with all my heart that one day they will pay with their own kids all the pain they make us go through, and I wish a cop from beaumont see this comment and reply to see what they have to say, i just can't mention names because I am in a leagal process.

Posted: Dec 19 2014, 11:24 AM

713 What do the above 3 comments have to do with the article? NOTHING, critical thinking and comprehension are on the way out, tweet this, FA-Q

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