Death of British ‘troll’ sparks debate over Internet bile
That Headline caught my eye. I use the handle that I use because when I started this the majority of the sites where people were engaging were “Progressive” sites. I was part of a group that posted contrary arguments on the original Move On site until they closed it to anyone that didn’t tow their line.
In the story above I found an interesting set of paragraphs.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has instructed lawyers that messages sent via social media could be a criminal offence if they contain “credible threats of violence” or target an individual in a way that “may constitute harassment or stalking”.
“Grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false” messages could also amount to a crime if a “public interest” case can be made.
These guidelines, introduced against a background of mounting confusion about such cases, have been shaped considerably by public opinion, said Chris Holder, of London law firm Bristows.
“I think people are so fed up with reading things on the Internet that you would not say to people’s faces — abusive messages to people’s children, Facebook posts that are completely obnoxious. The public have demanded that the CPS do something about it,” he said.
Oh the fun the Lawyers could have here some nights. It would be interesting to see which of us actually would fall under the cross hairs of this “Agency”.
It’s an interesting story that should provoke discussion, if you’re interested the story is Here.