Social media charges and prosecutions

Social media charges and prosecutions

Summary: Just how far is social media monitored, and what examples are there of convictions based upon it?


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  • Andre Curry, 21, of South Racine Avenue, was charged with aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint after an image of his one year-old daughter was posted on Facebook -- bound in duct tape.

    His attorney said it was 'a joke', and the photo was taken down afterwards, possibly reported as abusive on the social networking site.

    The photo appeared to show the girl with her hands bound in duct tape, and a strip covered her mouth. A caption with the photo read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back." 

    Facebook’s site security says content that is “hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence” is not allowed on the site.

    Result: Curry pleaded not guilty and his family were able to post ten percent of his $30,000 bond for his release. Pending trial, he is not allowed access to the Internet or to see his daughter.  


  • On a South London train service from the Croydon to Wimbledon, UK,a woman was recorded exploding in a furious tirade against other train passengers. After the video was uploaded to YouTube, it went viral -- resulting in both the media and police's attention.

    In the video, a 34 year-old woman lets loose a barrage against different groups -- including 'black', Polish and 'brown people' not being English, and that they should 'sort their own countries out'. She then engages in arguments with other passengers, who are of various backgrounds, all the while holding a small boy in her lap.  

    Result: After 11 million views, a plethora of YouTube responses, social media outrage and a 'kill the beast' mentality, the woman was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and one with intent to cause fear. 

    Her address has been widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter and there were numerous death threats. The case has been taken to Crown Court after no plea was submitted.


    To watch the footage, click here. (Warning: May be found offensive)


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    Arabian region needs fresh ideas - science based ideas. Not just primitive rantings - do this go to heaven, do that go to hell, ask a question we execute you.

    This guy should be supported by all free thinkers
    Jay Krishnan