Better Response To Crimes On YouTube: Force The Criminals To Apologize On YouTube
from the much-better-response dept
We keep seeing stories of proposed legislation to make it a crime to post video evidence of yourself committing a crime. This seems totally backwards. If the person is posting evidence of themselves committing a crime, that makes it that much easier for the police to capture them. Giving them reasons not to post evidence of their own crime seems backwards — and even some of those advocating these laws seem to implicitly recognize this fact.
It appears one judge has a much more reasonable response in a case involving some kids who committed a dumb act and put the video evidence on YouTube: part of their punishment is to also post a video apology on YouTube. If the idea behind putting the video up on YouTube was to get some “fame” for filming themselves doing something stupid, shaming them on YouTube seems a lot more sensible than adding additional criminal charges.