U.K. Man Arrested Over ‘Offensive’ Tweet
A 19-year-old U.K. man was arrested over an “offensive” tweet about an accident involving a truck which killed six people. The teenager deleted the offensive tweet, but not before it was noticed by others.
[su_center_ad]It seems that the man identified as Ross Loraine was trolling and apparently that’s illegal in Glasgow.
From the article: “The tweet, which has since been deleted along with the account that posted it, joked about the tragedy, in which the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove on the pavement, hitting Christmas shoppers ‘like pinballs.’ The tweet said: ‘So a bin lorry has apparently driven in 100 people in Glasgow eh, probably the most trash it’s picked up in one day.'”
The Huffington Post reports:
Speaking before the arrest was announced, Steve Kuncewisz, a solicitor specialising in media law, said the tweet could constitute an offence under The Communications Act.
He added some of the responses to the tweet – including insults and threats – could also be an offence under the same act.
Kuncewisz said,”The wisdom of the crowd is not always present in situations like this. And the wisdom of this one guy seems to have deserted him. But whether or this would justify an arrest of prosecution, I’m not so sure.”
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