There’s a fine balance between allowing free speech and having an unregulated web. The CPS’s prosecution guidelines seem a sensible step forwardThe usual anxiety about freedom of speech and social media runs like this: someone naive to the permenance and potential cruelty of a tweet or Facebook update posts an offensive message intended for a narrow audience of their friends or acquaintances. That message, maybe racist or misogynist or otherwise abusive, is shared more widely than its author imagined, and takes on a weight that was never intended. An overzealous police officer sees it and decides that they are obliged to do something, and the ill-advised action of a moment becomes inescapable. Even if no one has really been hurt, a life is left in ruins, and all of us become a little less free.
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