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  • Social media flame wars to be illegal - UK of course

    We are all thought criminals now

    Social media users who engage in flame wars or retweet the doxing of others will be treated in the same way as those making fake bomb threats over social media, British prosecutors have announced.

    Released this morning, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)'s latest “Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media” target doxing, online mobs, fake social media profiles and other social media misbehaviour.
    Rest at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10...on_guidelines/

    Clearly there are no other crimes happening in the UK right now...

  • #2
    Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
    Clearly there are no other crimes happening in the UK right now...
    1984

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    • #3
      Relevant to us and from same article:

      The guidance also encourages prosecutors to treat social media crimes committed against “persons serving the public” more seriously than nasty words directed against their fellow members of the public. Similarly, “coordinated attacks by different people” should also attract greater prosecutorial attention. “Live chat harassment”, or flaming, is defined as “a form of verbal online abuse”, as is “leaving improper messages on online forums or message boards”.

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      • #4
        Aren't flame wars illegal here, at themess.net, too?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post
          Aren't flame wars illegal here, at themess.net, too?
          yes - thats why you have a new name.........

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          • #6
            Yes. And from now on any UK based member who says anything in the least bit double-plus bad about anyone else will have to be perma-banned.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by blackcatnursery View Post

              yes - thats why you have a new name.........
              That's not why I have a new name.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
                Relevant to us and from same article:


                I am pretty sure they could find some real crimes if they looked real hard......

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
                  Yes. And from now on any UK based member who says anything in the least bit double-plus bad about anyone else will have to be perma-banned.
                  This is GREAT!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
                    Relevant to us and from same article:


                    All of us should troll the British government. I call for a Shitposting Jihad against the crown!

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                    • #11
                      UK, why you like authoritarian?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post
                        UK, why you like authoritarian?
                        Because they and most of Europe lack freedom of expression. Your rights end where their feelings begin.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post
                          UK, why you like authoritarian?
                          There is a reason why being spanked is widely known as "the English vice"...

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                          • #14
                            Bringing light to the darkness and making the cockroaches scatter is a fundamental requirement of a well functioning society.

                            But it's not a binary choice, it's a continuum with total freedom of communication on one end and total control on the other end.

                            I personally prefer to err on the side of freedom, knowing it will likely come at the expense of some being abused inappropriately on occasion.

                            We will never get it perfect, but trying to maximise freedom while trying to mitigate online malicious bullying and intentional malignant behaviour as best we can is all we can really do.

                            The cost of no one being offended is no one is free.

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                            • #15
                              Good luck regulating all that...

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