In Grenada, Offending Someone on Facebook Could Land You in Jail

People of Grenada, beware. Social media bullying is a crime

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Have you ever been so grossly offended by your Facebook friends’ daily blitzes of really obvious opinions (“I hate when I lose stuff!”) or their live-blogging of their kids’ every move (“Here’s Jenny breathing!”) that you wish they’d face legal repercussions?

Well, in Grenada, social media users who offend others can now be fined — or even end up in prison. Legislators approved a bill that officially makes it a crime to offend people on sites like Twitter and Facebook, the Associated Press reports. But alas, providing too many mundane personal details or “oversharenting” wouldn’t exactly be enough to warrant a crime. The lawmakers are more focused on punishing users who slander companies or individuals.

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If you’re wondering how this will work: complaints about any potentially offensive comments will be filed with the police, and then a judge will ultimately decide if the message was indeed offensive. Depending on the severity, the poster could be fined up to $37,000 or face three years in jail.

The measure is part of a larger bill that addresses electronic stalking, cyber theft and the distribution of child pornography. But as far as crimes go, those are all usual suspects. Punishing offensive messages on social media is newer territory. And who knows? If the new law ends up working out and really curbing online slander, maybe lawmakers will eventually get around to punishing oversharers and constant complainers, too.

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YasminBoredinGrenadaAli
YasminBoredinGrenadaAli

Government Clarifies Misleading Statements Published by International Media Watchdog

ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, July 10, 2013- GIS: The Grenada Government seeks to clarify misleading comments from the Vienna based International Press Institute (IPI) stating that it has passed into law an Electronic Crimes bill.

The government makes it clear, that it is false and inaccurate to state that a bill has been turned into law when such a process has not occurred on this island.

The Government has presented a draft bill to the Bar Association and other stakeholders for review.

The bill has been debated in the House of Representatives, but has not yet reached the Senate for further debate as is normal.

The draft bill has also been circulated to regional and international stakeholders for review.

Those comments have been taken on board and will be presented to the Upper House of Parliament at the appropriate time.

The government emphasizes that the draft Electronic Crimes Bill has not been passed into law as was unfortunately and erroneously stated by the Vienna based International Press Institute, an Organization that is setup to champion freedom of factual expressions.

 

AdelaideMaisy
AdelaideMaisy

As long as anyone stays civil and does not prey like some predators on these social media platforms, it is fine. Last month, acting on an advice(my daughter is online a lot)I installed a free program called Qustodio to see who she interacts with on Facebook. It has helped a lot since it shows the profile pictures as well.I would suggest that we install such programs to make sure our kids do not fall prey to evil people.

Really1
Really1

I don't know if is the fault of the readers for not reading the article properly or if it is an intentionally misleading article. The law is dealing with slander - which is already against the law. The main difference is there is now a potential criminal sanction. It's not so much about whether someone is offended as it is whether a slander (already unlawful) was committed. If yes, the slanderer can then face criminal punishment instead of merely being sued.

mducharm7
mducharm7

how about if I just offend FB? I try to post one comment on a CNN site and all of a sudden(I guess because I inadvertantly post through FB, not even with the old PW becuase I have no idea what it was) I am back on this POS network and getting emails daily with "notifications".  He I go FB go Fyourself. boy I feel better, not.

kbrown8898
kbrown8898

Finally, someone is taking some action to stop the hate where people hide behind their computers and toss out bully messages and spew hate at everyone.  We should do this here... 

JumpinGeebus
JumpinGeebus

Grenada's interwebs are like two weeks old anyways since it gets there by boat.  A whole country full of butt-hurt_bitch_nyuggas.

JumpinGeebus
JumpinGeebus

Grenada means little boy toucher in spanish

JonathanByrd
JonathanByrd

I hope human rights activists jump all over this. 

AbContador
AbContador like.author.displayName 1 Like

I have never disliked a company as much as i dislike Facebook - no original ideas -- their only value lies comes from people connecting to their friends (something they have nothing to do with) -- I wish this company would die so the resources tied up in it can work on something actually worthwhile.

WayneGage
WayneGage like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@AbContador Apparently you know nothing of facebook and the support groups for everything from weight  loss to suicide prevention. Go your own way but stay away from me.

dmuth
dmuth like.author.displayName 1 Like

Counting down to Operation Troll Grenada in 3... 2... 1...


JackieNichols
JackieNichols

I hope people in Grenada aren't as easily offended as people here in the U.S. or else their court system is going to be backed up for decades just handling these allegedly offensive postings.

jimgazso
jimgazso like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thank god we live in good ole USA where this can't happen... Oh wait... Whats that? HERE IN AMERICA AN 18YR OLD KID IS GOING TO JAIL OVER A FACEBOOK POST. Yup thats right. Quick summary:
Teen 1 "Your crazy man, messed up in the head."
Teen 2 "Oh yeah I'm crazy. I'm going to shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts. lol j/k"
BOOM. 8 YEAR JAIL SENTENCE for making a "terrorist threat." EVEN THO he said he j/k (Just kidding).

Heres a link to the story. Only about a minute long:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yVdkv5lmik

WillFry
WillFry

@jimgazso 

Get your facts straight.  He didn't get an 8 year sentence.  In fact, he isn't even looking at a potential 8 year sentence.  Congratulations on getting taken in by an overblown headline.

JackieNichols
JackieNichols

@jimgazso POTENTIAL 8 year jail sentence, but I doubt it will come to that before someone in power comes to their senses and sees this as the blatant over-reaction that it is.  I'm surprised it has already gotten this far.

Ajax
Ajax

133 square miles. 28 people in their legislature. One of them is named Nimrod (I swear) Who cares what they do in Grenada? By the way, their governor general is named Grenade (I swear)

parrotsarnoso
parrotsarnoso

Is a shame we gave them freedom, the cubans would be in there as we speak !

eqquesz
eqquesz

In the USA it could get you Jesse Jackson