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CPS: New Twitter abuse rules following Tom Daley case

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  1. Paddyswurds 20 Sep 2012, 12:30pm

    The thing about twitter is that most of those using it really need to look at their Lives. It is the equivalent of naval gazing for the 21st century. Everywhere one turns nowadays there are these zombies, wandering around oblivious to the world around them, while they constantly stare at their “whatever” in their hand while their thumb scuttles furiously around a tiny keyboard typing inane messages to be read by equally inane people. WTF!

    1. I’ll bet few people spend as much time on twitter as you do on the Pink News Reader Comments.

  2. Suddenly Last Bummer 20 Sep 2012, 2:03pm

    Twatter is for utter losers.

    1. Dex (@MrDexB) 24 Jan 2013, 9:40pm

      No it isn’t! But the losers unfortunately get hold of Twitter like everybody else!

  3. Suddenly Last Bummer – So why do people like Peter Tatchell, Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, to name just three, use twitter. Are you saying that they are utter losers?

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 20 Sep 2012, 4:03pm

      What can an individual say in 140 characters that is of actual merit? It all looks a bit TOWIE; “totes amaze”, “lolz”, “Oh Em Gee” and all that bollox. It just looks sad, desperate and insincere. Seems like you’re happy to spend your time following these three individuals, well each to their own. I’d much prefer spend time living my own life than following others.

      1. You’re clearly following the wrong people.

        1. Suddenly Last Bummer 20 Sep 2012, 7:20pm

          I don’t follow anyone. I have my own life to lead, one that doesn’t need to be filled in on what colour Stephen Fry’s shyte was this morning or what Peter Tatchell has in his handbag.

  4. Dangermouse 20 Sep 2012, 3:05pm

    When we get people arrested for just name calling its getting a bit much.

    1. This is a bit more than “name calling”. This is abuse. Tom’s a big boy and can handle it, but what if we ignored this? 8 year old girls being taunted about their dead parent? We needed to draw a line in the sand. Trolls are annoying, but can become stalkers, abusers, even rapists. Remember John Lennon and Jill Dando.

  5. It should be noted that there is no absolute right not to be offended – people have differing standards of taste and decency.

    1. On what planet is making vile remarks about a teenage boy’s recently deceased father in any sense acceptable? This is not about rights, but moral boundaries, and some of those are absolute – murder, rape and emotional violence, which is as damaging as physical violence.

      1. I may abhor the comments that were made, and believe the little cretin deserves a good pasting, but I’ll defend to my dying breath his RIGHT to make those comments.

  6. Craig Denney 20 Sep 2012, 4:20pm

    This is all very well but, the offender did it repeatedly and that’s a hate crime.

    Are the CPS saying they are going to allow homophobic hate crime’s?

    And what about homophobic bullying in schools? Has the CPS coincided the consequences of allowing homophobic tweets?

    I doubt it.

  7. What this article fails to mention is that the cretin who made the comments to Tom Daley about his father was arrested for hate speech (the following threats he made) and not for the original comments (however revolting it was).
    Whilst I may personally find his original comments disgusting, I’ll defend his RIGHT to make those comments, and also support the police taking action for his death threats etc that followed.
    The moment we start restricting speech by criminalising something that we don’t happen to agree with is the moment we start down a dangerous path of censorship.

  8. Stephen Frost 6 Feb 2013, 12:43am

    We need to be very careful to only punish harassment and not just offensive tweets. Our freedom is speech is very important and we can’t arrest people every time they say something someone else doesn’t like.

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