English Police: “People Should Stop and Think About What They Say on Social Media Before Making Statements as the Consequences Could Be Serious”

From the Mirror (UK):

A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the [brutal public murder by jihadists -EV] of British soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, of Lincoln, was arrested last night [and charged] after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature….

A second man was visited by officers and warned about his activity on social media, the spokesman added….

The charge comes after two men were earlier released on bail following their arrest for making alleged offensive comments on Twitter about the murder….

A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Bristol, were held under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.

Detective Inspector Ed Yaxley, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “On Wednesday evening, we were contacted by people concerned about comments made on social media accounts.

“We began inquiries into the comments and at around 3.20am two men, aged 23 and 22, were detained at two addresses in Bristol.

“The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.

“These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.

“People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.”

I couldn’t find the texts of the allegedly criminal tweets; please let me know if you know what they were. But whatever they were, I suspect the warnings from police officers — coupled with coverage that does not explain what the comments were — would deter people from engaging in a good deal of speech that’s critical of extremist Islam, critical of Islam generally, or critical of allowing further immigration from Muslim countries (though note that in this instance the murderers were apparently Muslim converts from Nigerian Christian families).

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