A staggering rise in online hate crime, as people are attacked over Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, has led to a gigantic leap in arrests in Britain.
British police are arresting nine people per day for attacks on the internet as they attempt to clamp down on hate speech online.
In some areas, this is up almost 900 percent from 2014.
The number of people detained for alleged attacks over the internet has rocketed in two years as social media allows users to verbally attack others.
“Trolling” can cause serious distress and high-profile politicians and campaigners have been targeted, as well as celebrities and ordinary people. …
In 2014 there were 2,315 arrests, compared with 2,755 in 2015. … However, 15 forces did not submit data, meaning the real figure is likely to be higher. …
Last year 1,696 people were charged and 1,399 convicted – despite almost 4,000 arrests.
Freedom of speech anybody? He who gets to define illegal speech controls society — is this really appropriate in this day and age?
hat-tip Stephen Neil