With the multiple terrorist attacks that have taken place this year, it’s staggering to see that the police are investigating, fining and arresting people who hurt feelings on social media. We’re on the path to tyranny with laws like the Communications Act 2003 which state that anything that causes “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another” is a convictable offence.
In May of this year, London police were called after Caitlyn Jenner was heckled by a member of the public who yelled “Oi Bruce, get your dick out!” The police stated they were investigating the issue as a hate crime.
Cheshire police posted on Facebook that your messages could land you in prison for up to two years if you say something that somebody takes offence to.
In 2012, a teenager was arrested for trolling Olympic swimmer Tom Daly. The teenager tweeted Daly saying “You let your dad down I hope you know that.” Referencing his late father who passed away from brain cancer. Dorset police then stated that they arrested a 17-year-old man on suspicion of “malicious communications.”
With freedom of speech already at stake, and people taking offence rather than just brushing off stupid comments such as the two examples given, it’s no wonder that police time is being abused.
The Register revealed in 2016 that over 2000 Londoners have been arrested in the past five years for sharing offensive jokes and making harsh comments online.