Okay we’ve been horrified at the violence of the riots in Birmingham, London and Manchester, but should we be just as horrified at people tweeting about it? Well not just tweeting about it, but encouraging it on Twitter or Facebook?
The police say yes, and have just arrested a 16-year-old in Glasgow for starting a public Facebook page called “Let’s Start a Riot in Glasgow”.
Nothing actually happened in Glasgow despite the posts from Alexander McQuarrie from Cessnock, though he was made to shut the page down. He has been charged with a Breach of the Peace.
Essentially we’re punishing people who are stupid here – stupid enough to publish something illegal – rather than people who have actually done anything. Do you agree with that?
And then, what about freedom of expression and all that? Could you charge rap music under the same laws?