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Labour MP calls for parliamentary debate on Twitter trolls following Stan Collymore remarks

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  1. As much as I despise some of the remarks I’ve seen on Twitter and other social media, I don’t think that we should be arresting everyone who makes an offensive statement.
    Just what is ‘offensive’? Who decides, and where do we draw the line?

    I don’t want anyone arrested and charged with a crime simply because they’ve offended me.
    And I also think we should be careful when regulating free speech.
    It’s one of the most important liberties we have. It should be protected at all cost.

    Of course Inciting violence and hate crimes, and libel laws etc should still remain a criminal offence.
    I think the American system is the right one. There’s very little restrictions there, only where it’s necessary.
    The UK one has gone overboard with arresting and charging people for pretty mundane statements lately. Many of which could be laughed off, refuted, or highlighted to expose and ridicule the author of it.
    Free speech works both ways.

    1. Alli Meadow 23 Jan 2014, 4:18pm

      I don’t think anyone should be charged for the offensive things they write on twitter or Facebook, but I do think social media such as these should ban users who repeadetly breaks the law.

  2. Please not more laws restricting freedom of expression. We don’t need a debate in Parliament so that the Daily Heil can go off on a full steam rant about new technology and the law makers can introduce more restrictions on what can be said, and where with the end result that it only benefits the rich and powerful.If something is said on Twitter, Facebook or whatever that is threatening, inciting hatred or harassing then we already have laws that cover this. They simply need to be applied.

  3. Apply the laws we have, and stop with this nonsense. It is illegal in this country to preach hatred and make violent threats against others. It makes no difference where the person is based or where the company operates from.

    The responsibility here in on Twitter. We do not need any more laws.

    If a blogger writes something in breach of these laws, the owner/operator of that site should expect to face charges, just as if a site offers links to pirated content, they can be prosecuted. I can guarantee that if UK courts start fining Twitter and Facebook for allowing users to attack others, they will soon miraculously find a way to prevent it from happening and block/ban those found guilty of abusing the service.

    The police need to contact Twitter and advise them that their services breach UK law, they will be compelled to comply with laws against hate speech, and cooperate with the police in tracking down any UK citizens abusing this service to threaten people.

  4. It is not necessarily an issue for the government to deal with, more Twitter. We have hate speech laws which if properly enforced would mean people would face justice as we don’t need another law to limit people’s right to free speech.

    Twitter should be suspending accounts immediately of people who think it is right to send hate filled messages to others. Although hopefully a parliamentary debate will press Twitter to review their current regulations and enforce harsher sanctions on those going against the rules.

  5. Kristyana Finch 23 Jan 2014, 10:40pm

    If social media want to allow illegal and negative behavior then fine them seriously for the breach they allow. Money talks with these companies. People though who live in glass house should be careful of throwing stones .

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