Wednesday 18 January 2017

My tweet may annoy you, but it shouldn't land me in jail

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

The internet bill proposed by Pat Rabbitte would have 'unforseen circumstances'
The internet bill proposed by Pat Rabbitte would have 'unforseen circumstances'

Should posting an annoying tweet be a criminal offence? Should sharing something "indecent" attract a fine or possible jail time?

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If legislation to go before the Dáil is adopted, both of these situations could become law.

"A person who sends a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or is indecent, obscene or menacing is guilty of an offence," reads the bill, proposed by Pat Rabbitte.

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