In the early 2000s, the internet was in its infant stage with millions of people learning how to use it as needed. In recent years, though, the internet has turned into a cesspool of people who rely on anonymity to post hateful remarks and bring others down. This notion is further proven by the soaring number of arrest from offensive posts.
London has been dealing with an influx of “online crimes of speech.” According to the Register, 2,500 London residents have been arrested since 2013 for sending messages of hate. While there was a minor decrease between 2010 and 2013, the rapid increase in recent years has been undeniable.
According to the Independent, the law that is putting people behind bars was created in 2003 under the Communications Act, which is defined by “using public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.”
The punishment for not abiding by this act could result in up to six months in jail, along with paying a hefty fine. Primarily, the act is used to mitigate hate speech online and was originally created solely for Twitter users, the UK publication reported.
According to Vocativ, a million people use the word “slut” or “whore” on Twitter a year. A researcher who determined the large number, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, explained why this needs to stop.
“This study provides a birds-eye snapshot of what is ultimately a very personal and often traumatic experience for women,” Krasodomski-Jones said in a statement. “[This report] is less about policing the internet than it is a stark reminder that we are frequently not as good citizens online as we are offline.”
There have been countless incidents where someone feels the need to spread hate and bring others down.
One Scottish man who didn’t want Syrian refugees brought into his area was arrested after he posted a hate-filled Facebook post. Sadly, he is only one of many spreading hate.