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Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...yside-19863228
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

apparently it was comparison with madeleine mccann.... given recent "police sensitivity" over facetoss posts i have suspicions it it really was "offensive"
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apparently it was comparison with madeleine mccann.... given recent "police sensitivity" over facetoss posts i have suspicions it it really was "offensive"
To who, her family, I doubt they are reading facebook right now, to the 'begging to be offended' people, yes absolutely.
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Old 08.10.2012, 12:58
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

Was it possibly something about "hide and seek" world record?
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

this is good news. People shouldn't be able to post this kind of stuff on facebook. I hope he gets a prison term.
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to the 'begging to be offended' people, yes absolutely.

my point exactly

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this is good news. People shouldn't be able to post this kind of stuff on facebook. I hope he gets a prison term.
what did he post then? i suspect you have no clue and are on the " i am going to be offended" bandwagon.
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Old 08.10.2012, 13:24
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this is good news. People shouldn't be able to post this kind of stuff on facebook. I hope he gets a prison term.
I disagree. As vile and vitriolic as the comment may have been, he has a certain inalienable right to free speech. I don't feel there should be any legal repercussions, though I think it definitely merits a public outcry and shaming.

I should also mention that I don't know what was explicitly said, but it doesn't matter IMO. Unless I've misunderstood something, he posted this on his own private profile or one of his friends'. If this were a group page or something of the like within the public realm, however, then I wholly take back what I've said.
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

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He posted this:

[Joke deleted by moderator]

On Facebook.

You can bang on about free speech all you want or knock up the good old "yes but everything is comedy in a way" perhaps even "all jokes will offend someone" line which is a common one and it wont make any difference to my opinion.

If you have children then losing them like this is you worst nightmare as the Prime Minister said at the weekend and to then make fun of such situation is a dispicable act that has no place in society.
i dont find it offensive, bad taste yes, offensive no. Its a standard level of adult jokes these days..... they had better arrest every stand up comedian and issue interpol warrants for everyone else on this thread then.

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He posted this:

[Joke deleted by moderator]

On Facebook.

You can bang on about free speech all you want or knock up the good old "yes but everything is comedy in a way" perhaps even "all jokes will offend someone" line which is a common one and it wont make any difference to my opinion.

If you have children then losing them like this is you worst nightmare as the Prime Minister said at the weekend and to then make fun of such situation is a dispicable act that has no place in society.
What is it exactly that offends you about that joke?

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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

I will admit the joke is in bad taste, but then again, the reason its funny is because its in bad taste (and I quite enjoy bad taste jokes). Charging the dude who put it up is a bit overboard though. But hey, in today's society its hard not to say something that will be taken in completely the wrong way, and upset some people. Just gotta learn how to pick your audience.
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Old 08.10.2012, 14:15
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He posted this:

[Joke deleted by moderator]

On Facebook.

You can bang on about free speech all you want or knock up the good old "yes but everything is comedy in a way" perhaps even "all jokes will offend someone" line which is a common one and it wont make any difference to my opinion.

If you have children then losing them like this is you worst nightmare as the Prime Minister said at the weekend and to then make fun of such situation is a dispicable act that has no place in society.
Either you have a right to free speech, or you don't... There's not much in between. Sure, you can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theatre, but if we're not careful, than we might see people arrested for posting tasteless jokes about Presidents and Prime Ministers....

...and THAT'S a scary thought.

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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

If that was his post, I find it to be in bad taste and would be offended by it - but I don't think he deserves to be arrested and charged over it. I'd let him know, if it was "said" in a manner in which I saw it, but arresting and charging somebody? Ridiculous, especially when people who create hate pages (including racial hate pages) will often get away with being quietly asked to take the page down ... and put up a new one the next day, with the same content but a different name.

Also, on a related matter, I'm finding it hard to see how this guy will have any chance of a fair trial - whether or not he did it, how can any jury of his 'peers' not know all about the details of the case, or at least enough to seriously prejudice their opinion? If he is guilty, he should be convicted and serve the sentence - but this should be discovered in a fair trial, not thrown out in a media circus with "social media" sideshows.
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If that was his post, I find it to be in bad taste and would be offended by it - but I don't think he deserves to be arrested and charged over it. I'd let him know, if it was "said" in a manner in which I saw it, but arresting and charging somebody? Ridiculous, especially when people who create hate pages (including racial hate pages) will often get away with being quietly asked to take the page down ... and put up a new one the next day, with the same content but a different name.

Also, on a related matter, I'm finding it hard to see how this guy will have any chance of a fair trial - whether or not he did it, how can any jury of his 'peers' not know all about the details of the case, or at least enough to seriously prejudice their opinion? If he is guilty, he should be convicted and serve the sentence - but this should be discovered in a fair trial, not thrown out in a media circus with "social media" sideshows.
I am not having a go here but I am generally interested to find out what is it that you personally are offended by?
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

the guy is 20 years old.
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What is it exactly that offends you about that joke?
It is making fun of the kidnapping and murder of a five year old girl and for the parents and people searching for her still, would be extremely hurtful.

Can I ask what you find funny about the joke ?
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I am not having a go here but I am generally interested to find out what is it that you personally are offended by?
Are you serious? Do you think it could be the connotation that a paedophile had sexual intercourse with a five year old girl (before possibly murdering her) is offensive?
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Re: Man arrested for telling offensive joke on facebook

Big men....reposting it here. Unnecessary, and i think the posts should be removed and I reported them as such
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Big men....reposting it here. Unnecessary, and i think the posts should be removed and I reported them as such
Are the Thought Police coming?
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Big men....reposting it here. Unnecessary, and i think the posts should be removed and I reported them as such
it was reposted in the context of demonstrating what was said, not as a delivered joke, if you look at the full context of what I read I am describing it as extremely offensive.
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It is making fun of the kidnapping and murder of a five year old girl and for the parents and people searching for her still, would be extremely hurtful.

Can I ask what you find funny about the joke ?
Exactly, there is nothing funny about what this person said, in fact I wouldn't call it a joke.

What is wrong with people like this? Do they have no empathy or compassion?
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