Sunday 24 September 2017

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

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

Adrian Weckler

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

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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