While one person might get away with saying shocking things, another could end up in court when the law cracks down to make a point. Going on recent evidence, if you’re commenting on a subject in the news, be careful – even if you’re only joking. And, remember – on Twitter especially – your twisted joke could be seen by anyone.
How NOT to do it: When Olympic diver Tom Daley received a stream of mean comments on Twitter the police were at the 17-year-old perpetrator’s house within hours. The Communications Act 2003 says that anything published that is ‘menacing’ – and therefore likely to upset an average Joe – could be an offence.
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That tweet you were just about to send might be hilaaarrrious – but it might also be illegal. How NOT to do it: After schoolgirl April Jones was abducted in Wales, 20-year-old Matthew Woods made a joke about it on Facebook. The online world is chock-a-block full of people calling other people fat, stupid, ugly etc.
Their crimes include: So how do you vent without getting handcuffed? “It’s extremely easy for police to trace you,” says David Allen Green, legal journalist and lawyer. If you’re causing trouble, Twitter or Facebook will hand your IP address over on request.” So no matter how much someone is peeing you off – whether they’re famous, or someone at college you just frickin’ can’t stand – stick to the age-old rule of ‘If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it at all’. Irony doesn’t always translate in publishing, so if you write anything where someone might not get that it’s a joke you could be in trouble.
How NOT to do it: Paul Chambers went to legal hell and back after jokingly tweeting he would blow up an airport.
And tough ‘incitement to riot’ sentences were doled out after the London riots of 2011. However – whatever your views – you should never, under any circumstances, publically identify the victim. Rape victims have the right to remain anonymous for their entire lifetime.
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Men are expected to show that they are interested in knowing about the girl as well. Once you have seen her, be sure to compliment her beauty. When it comes to compliments, women expect men not to be cheesy about it. There are certain subtle nuances when it comes to impressing women, and men need to understand them completely before making a move.
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