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Want to go to jail over a Facebook posting? Move to the UK then.

plasm4 (533422) writes | more than 2 years ago

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plasm4 (533422) writes "21 year old Liam Stacey has been charged with inciting racial hatred after making comments on twitter about football player Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the pitch during a game. He will be sentenced Monday and potentially faces a year in prison.

Last week another young man was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after emotionally commenting on Facebook about 6 British soldiers who died in Afghanistan. The comments suggested that we should also mourn the thousands dying in Afghanistan, and suggested that the soldiers would burn in hell. It's also interesting that most of the websites I've read haven't actually published the comments which don't seem racist at all. The Guardian has a screenshot of his Facebook page.

These aren't the first cases of people arrested over Facebook and Twitter postings. Where do you think the current trends will lead to? If today you can be arrested for trolling in Britain, and given the total lack of public concern over it, what do you think the situation will be like in ten years?"

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