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21 year old British Twitter user jailed for 56 days for racist tweet

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RobinHood, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    Story on the BBC site here

    What implications do you all think this has for forum admins moderating the content users post ?

    The video at the bottom of the page is interesting too.
  2. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I think its disgusting, and not because of his comments, but rather that this is a line being crossed in terms of freedom of speech.

    I would go as far as saying this ruling encroaches on his Human rights.
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  3. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    I'm not responsible for what other people post on my forum and neither are you.
  4. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Freedom of speech doesn't overrule things like inciting racial hatred and nor should it.
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  5. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    Oh come on. What exactly is inciting racial hatred? Dummy laws! If you can't take someone calling you names you've got big problems in your life.
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  6. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Did you read what he wrote? It went beyond name calling while the guy was dying live on tv.
  7. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It doesn't matter if you agree with what he said or not. I think what he said was disgusting personally, however, it is his opinion, and he is entitled to voice it.
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  8. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Not in the UK he isn't.
  9. /Agreed
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  10. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    See the problem is this...you can be racist all you want, you can SAY it all you want....to write it in a permanent way could incite an emotionally unstable reader to manifest his imbalance in a physical and directed manner towards another person any day down the road.

    I am one of the biggest supporters of individuality and freedom that you will ever meet. From my position, people who use the internet to harass and harm others are cowards and outside of the internet they are the same likes of people who deal with physical crime....criminals of opportunity are one of the lowest forms of life. Your opinion or voice is only as free as it can be until it crosses another's line of freedom at that point their freedom chumps yours. It is very simple...I don't understand why people think the internet is a free pass to tell everyone to fux themselves and then rub it in their faces...If you're that tough guy please do this in person to someone so I can read the news later about how you got your ass whooped.
  11. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter what he wrote, they're just words.
  12. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    Which is sad.
  13. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    And wrong

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  14. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    It's reasons such as this that I run an uncensored community, Socially Uncensored

    I don't like or agree with what he said and it is very disrespectful. But I do believe no matter if anyone likes it or not, he has the right to freely express himself, just as everyone else has the right to freely express their thoughts and opinion in reply.
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  15. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Eh? Are you saying that inciting racial/religious hatred isn't a crime in the UK?

    You can't just say whatever you like, there are limits.
  16. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Ah you quoted section 1 but seem to have ignored section 2.

    "The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties" etc
  17. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I think he's saying it shouldn't be, or at least people should be free to speak their own thoughts.

    I for example don't even acknowledge the concept of religion, never mind understand it, so why shouldn't I be able to say what I like about it?

    Instead I am subject to various laws restricting my true thoughts.

    Conversely, there is no law for inciting hatred against people such as myself for our non acknowledgement of such concepts.

    Maybe when the human race matures and looks back on this period they will realise how truly immature we were.
  18. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    There were laws preventing same sex marriage in the UK until very recently, are you saying those were just too? I know you wouldn't.

    Free speech should be just that, free. Even if youre a racist *******.
  19. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure he meant I was incorrect given he posted a quote from the freedom of speech act, he just ignored the second part.

    Anway, you can say what you like up the limit where it starts infringing on someone else's human rights. Do you really think you shoud be able to say anything with no responsibility or repercussions?
  20. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    I can remember the days when a strawberry jam jar use to show a Golliwog on it, but they removed it later - because of this.


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