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, 16 Nov 2010 @ 1:12am

    Re: Re: Difference in situations

    There have been dozens of civilizations throughout history that advocated stoning.
    Indeed.... including for example christianity.

    On the other hand it's probably a bit of a cop-out to suggest he chose that method accidentally. That doesn't make it "racially motivated" though - as far as I can see it was deliberately chosen because that was the subject of discussion.

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