“Ya’all play nicely on this here ‘Twitter’ thing, OK?”
…a comment attributed to an account called KevinRooney1 appeared online.
It said: “After what Villa fans were singing about Aliou Cisse’s family when majority died on a cruise I couldn’t care less about Petrov!! #villa****”
I neither know nor care what that’s all about. I don’t follow football. Not on Twitter, not in real life!
When angry Villa fans reported the matter to police, the West Midlands force sent a message to KevinRooney1 warning: “Your earlier tweet could constitute an offence and we’ve advised the complainant on how to report their complaint officially.”
This news story was posted at 31st March, so it’s not an April Fool. But, by god, it sure sounds like one, doesn’t it?
What the hell’s the ‘offence’ here? Not caring enough about someone’s illness? The hashtag maybe – but surely the starred-out bit wasn’t an obscenity so vile it scorched the eyeballs of these delicate souls?
The spokesman added action could be taken under the Public Order Act if the tweets were taken to have caused alarm, distress or harassment in those reading them.
Tell me, someone, just what could you say on Twitter that wasn’t in some way covered by this? And since when did the police have time to worry about this sort of thing, or encourage people to make complaints about it?
This country is slowly becoming a laughing stock…
H/T: comments at Insp Gadget