17-year-old boy in the UK arrested for insulting a public figure on twitter.Submitted by go213mph on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 16:17
Bankers can make up LIBOR rates in order to defraud millions and preists are regularly caught molesting young boys but 9 times out of 10 nothing happens to them because they are members of the ruling class. But us mere surfs, well, just SAYING something that might be offensive to someone and you get put in a cage. We have GOT to do something to fix this upside down system.
A teenager insulted a public figure on twitter. Then he got arrested. Why? Because in the U.K., it's a "criminal offense" to tweet messages that are considered "menacing, offensive, or indecent."
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested over a string of malicious tweets he allegedly sent to the teenage diver Tom Daley over his failure to win an Olympic medal in a case that has raised fresh questions over the policing of comments on social media.
The teenager – who tweeted by the name of @Rileyy_69 – was arrested at 2am yesterday and was being questioned by Dorset police after the young diver retweeted a comment suggesting that Daley had let down his late father who died last year from brain cancer.
The teenager was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act. It carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for a communication “which conveys a message which is indecent or grossly offensive.”