Casual comments and legal controls: watch what you say online – Jacob Rowbottom

13 04 2012

After a number of high profile prosecutions, most people are now aware that what you say online can have serious consequences. Cases involving racist and offensive comments on Twitter have reminded people that several criminal offences can regulate such expression. The most prominent of the cases, the conviction of Liam Stacey under s.4A of the Public Order Act 1986, has provoked the most debate, largely about severity of his sentence. In a recent comment piece, Victoria Coren makes a different point and asks whether s.4A is applicable in such a case, given that the statute provides an exception for communications where the sender and recipient are inside a dwelling. Read the rest of this entry »