British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for ‘Offensive’ Online Comments in One Year

British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for ‘Offensive’ Online Comments in One Year


British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for “offensive” online comments last year.

Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data.

Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law’s restrictions on freedom of speech.

Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on so-called trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having increased by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.

With Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement of a special national police hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers will only increase.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: “the problem is ‘grossly offensive’ is not something you should normally be prosecuted for. It’s not showing harm to other people. It’s not showing that somebody is being … attacked or threatened.”

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Comment by skip barker on October 21, 2017 at 2:38pm

Perhaps a better way to sove this would be to arrest those that thought they were offended, and arrest those that arrested the so called offender, and arrest those that judge the so called offender, and then put them all in a lockup that has no Television, radio, news reports, sound, smell, taste, and anything else that might bring to them that they think offensive. Sorry ass little pussies that have no idea what freedom is, nor what is a right regardless if you like it or not. Better yet lets not put them that seem to get offended over everything and anything in lockup, lets execute them and put them out of their misery. Bet they think everything they say and do is perfect.

Comment by Sweettina2 on October 20, 2017 at 4:22pm

Say something about taking the bankers down, or disparaging remarks about Israel, you'll be sent to Twitter prison.

Comment by DTOM on October 19, 2017 at 7:45am

Some of the comments...

All of the above are sure to be soon enjoying an all expenses paid (by the UK taxpayer) 15 year holiday at the pleasure of their infernal majesties Amber Rudd and Queen Liz(ard)

Comment by Less Prone on October 19, 2017 at 6:41am

People are being raped, robbed and murdered but you are not allowed to talk about it. This is just one more proof that governments are not on the people's side.

Comment by Old Denmark on October 17, 2017 at 7:27am

Don't use the internet if you're born with a stick up your ass. Pathetic totalitarian nanny society.


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