Britain’s crackdown on Web comments sparks free-speech debate

Facebook and Twitter have landed several Britons in court and even jail recently. Critics decry the trend as a worrisome overreaction.Everyone agrees that his “jokes” making fun of two kidnapped girls crossed the line. Matthew Woods swiftly became an object of contempt after he posted the crude and offensive comments on his Facebook page.But did he deserve to be locked up for them?A judge thought so, and ordered the 19-year-old to spend 12 weeks in jail, essentially for overstepping the bounds of good taste. Woods now sits behind bars — and also in the middle of a growing clash in Britain between freedom of expression, societal mores and the digital revolution.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-britain-free-speech-20121109,0,6227074.story

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