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Police issue 'troll' warning after man is jailed

Friday June 19 2015

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POLICE have warned they will take action against trolls posting offensive messages on Facebook - and have already secured one conviction. 

A 31-year-old man from Barnsley has begun a five-and-a-half month prison sentence for posting an offensive message on the force's Facebook page.

He has been convicted of sending an electronic message which was grossly offending in character and was jailed on 10 June.

In a statement posted yesterday, the police said: "Social media followers made it clear they want us to take a stronger stance against this type of behaviour and asked us to 'control the trolls.'

"Whilst everyone has a right to an opinion, posting threatening or hate-filled comments on posts will not be tolerated."

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Reply Posted by bazbo on Saturday June 20 2015 at 16:19
so there is no freedum ov speach no more , if you dont like summet or sumbody you should be able to speak your mind , dint know coppers could check our comments , think they could be doing somthing more in catching real criminals and drug dealers , sorry if this has offendered anyone , but i belive in telling the truth , how it is , not be a sheep and just follow the rest ov the others

Reply Posted by Jigga on Saturday June 20 2015 at 17:35
Perhaps bazbo your comment would make more sense if you tried writing in English rather than gobbledygook.

Reply Posted by ashvhbkjnlsfdfs on Saturday June 20 2015 at 18:13
There's freedom of speech and there's abusing people. There's a huge difference. If you were to protest or write an article about, for example, why you dislike the current government, you would be practicing your right to freedom of expression. However, if you were to write on facebook that eg "[name] is a stupid b***h, I hope he/she gets killed/raped (or other horrible things)" you are then giving the person abuse.
A criminal is someone (in law) that breaks the law of the land, and therefore has committed an offence. These people are violating the 'Malicious Communications Act 1988'. Any crime is a real crime.

Since you are on the internet, on public social network, anyone can access what you post. As well as this, anything you post on the internet will be there forever.

Reply Posted by mc on Monday June 22 2015 at 12:53
The post was on the police page,that may be the reason that so much was made of it !.
I've seen people take full facebook conversations (printed) to the police and nothing be done about abuse ,I hope the next person that takes a facebook threat to the police will receive the same kind of out-come.

Reply Posted by Maxx on Monday June 22 2015 at 14:45
Five and a half months? For something he wrote on Facebook? Literally the most insane thing I've heard in a long time.