A court of UK sentenced Twitter user to 150 hours of community service after posting “extremely offensive content” on the social network. Agree with The NationalJoseph Kelly violated Section 127 of the Communications Act, which punishes Posting “obscene, indecent or threatening” messages.
Kelly, 36, poked fun at the death of Captain Tom Moore, a decorated World War II serviceman. A tweet from February 3, 2020 read: “The only good British soldier is a dead one, burn an old friend, burneeee.”
Although the author deleted the post after twenty minutes, the damage was done. Kelly not only faced backlash from other Twitter users, but also a law that prosecutes Brits who post offensive content.
Lanark Sheriff’s Court sentenced the attacker to 18 months of surveillance and 150 hours of community service. Although Kelly was spared jail time, the Cottam Sheriff said the sentence would serve as an example to deter others.
“It’s important for other people to realize how quickly things can spiral out of control,” the sheriff said.
Defense counsel argued that at the time of publication, the accused was drunk and was going through an emotionally difficult situation.
Posting offensive messages on Twitter can land you in jail in the UK
Under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, a person is charged with “misuse of the public electronic communications network” if they send extremely offensive messagesindecent, obscene or threatening.
Also if you transmit false messages causing inconvenience, unnecessary anxiety or embarrassment to another person. If found guilty, the defendant could be fined and spend up to six months in prison.
According to the Open Rights Group, since the approval of this law 5,316 people were tried. Offenses range from obscene phone calls to harassing text messages.
Because section 127 it was set up before the arrival of social networks, its application is controversial. The purpose of its promulgation was to avoid using public services convey messages that violate the fundamental principles of a society.
Although Twitter, Facebook and other social networks are private, the fact that the offensive messages are transmitted on the Internet is enough to initiate legal proceedings. The magistrates of The UK considers the Internet to be a public network..