Twitter jokes: free speech on trial

So why was a trainee accountant of entirely blameless character arrested in front of his colleagues, questioned by police, charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, convicted, fined £1,000, fired from his job, and left dependent on the goodwill of celebrities, the donations of internet users and the tenacity of a legal blogger to put his life back together – all over one flippant tweet?

via Twitter jokes: free speech on trial | Analysis | Features | PC Pro.

1 thought on “Twitter jokes: free speech on trial

  1. There is an obvious discourse between what is appropriate on social media sites and what is not. I do feel that twitter gives ignorant people a voice that they probably shouldn’t exercise. However that is the nature of twitter, to be able to say whatever you want no matter how trivial or heavy the content. I think that there is some type of regulation necessary, but I’m not sure about the ideal level or who that burden falls on. Is it the responsibility of Twitter administrators or the user themselves? And what can be said about the option for people to simply not follow a user and evade their material altogether?

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