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‘There was a survey conducted by one of the big global law firms at the end of last year, it found that 65% of respondents, and they were mainly young people, had no idea of the legal consequences of going online,’ Professor Duncan Bloy, a media law expert at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, told the press.
So what can and can’t you say?
Messages that are abusive, menacing or libellous could land you in prison. There have been many convictions of football fans recently. Student Liam Stacey sent racially abusive ‘tweets’ when footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it hoped that Stacey’s prison sentence would serve as a warning for others.
Two people were jailed for their comments on social networking sites during the riots in England last summer. Jordan Blackshaw, 21, was jailed for four years because he encouraged rioting when he set up a Facebook event inviting people to ‘smash’ Norwich town. Lawyers say that the long sentence was due to the fact that there was potential for serious harm and injury.
One man was recently convicted for a menacing message. Paul Chambers, 27, from Doncaster in the north of England, wrote this tweet: ‘Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit...otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!’ He was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 in costs. Comedian Stephen Fry argued that Chambers’ tweet was an example of British humour. A benefit gig was held in London to try and raise funds for his appeal. Supporters thought Chambers had done something stupid, but not criminal. But the courts disagreed.
And if you’ve committed one of these crimes, the evidence is there for all to see. Wendy Williams, head of the CPS in the North East of England, told the press: ‘Ironically, the strongest evidence in each of these cases has been directly provided by the defendants themselves. When a person makes such comments digitally, they effectively hand police and prosecutors much of the evidence needed to build a robust case against them.’
Lawyers say that many social network users do not think of the consequences of their actions. Posting a comment online is not the same as joking among friends. Experts say the question to ask yourself is whether you would be prepared to shout out the message in a crowded room. If you’re in doubt, then don’t post it. Julian Young, a solicitor advocate, told the press: ‘There needs to be a message to think before you post something online.’ He suggests that sites such as Facebook, Bebo and Twitter should have a warning about criminal offences.
If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, make sure you think about what you write before you write it – the consequences can be huge.
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