UK Politician Arrested For Being A Jerk On Twitter

from the enforced-niceness dept

Apparently using the same law that was used to convict Paul Chambers for making a joke on Twitter, a UK politician has also been arrested for making a stupid statement on the service. This time, it was because Birmingham City Councillor Gareth Compton suggested, via Twitter, that newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown "be stoned to death." Once again, this was a stupid thing to say, and it makes Compton look like a jackass. But should being a total jerk online be illegal? At least in the UK, that seems to be the law now, which means that police may be quite busy arresting various jerks who say ill-advised things on Twitter and Facebook for quite some time. Forget the "war on drugs." It looks like the UK has declared "war on online jerks."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Nov 2010 @ 6:01am

    Re: US Was First ...

    Yes... free speech - as long as you agree with my viewpoint and are "nice" to everyone. Totally unsuprising on both sides of the atlantic

    I'll allow that the actual line between "oh I'm actually a bit offended by that" and genuinely "hurtful" is a fuzzy one, but surely all the more reason why "other mechanisms" should be used to combat and/or resolve such things?

    Using criminal proceedings for things like that and this strikes me as not so much "sledgehammer to crack a nut" as "150Lb Rottweiller to open the pack of sausages you were planning to have for dinner"

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