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Sean Duffy  (Source: telegraph.co.uk)
Sean Duffy, of Reading, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to two charges associated with trolling social networking sites for a dead teenage girl

A UK man has been jailed for 18 weeks after trolling pages set up on social networks for girls who have died. 

Sean Duffy, of Reading, Berkshire, 
posted negative comments on social networking site pages in remembrance of girls who have died, such as Worcester teenager Natasha MacBryde who killed herself by throwing her body under a train due to bullying reports the BBC. 

Duffy targeted the bereaved relatives of the deceased, which were people he did not know. Duffy would send hurtful emails or post provocative posts on sites like Facebook and YouTube in hopes of prompting emotionally loaded responses. 

In MacBryde's case, he called her a "slut" in one of his posts. He also posted a video on YouTube called "Tasha the Tank Engine," which depicted the children's character Thomas the Tank Engine with MacBryde's face on it. 

Duffy pleaded guilty on two counts of sending a communication of an offensive or indecent nature. The charges were related to the Facebook and YouTube posts about MacBryde. Duffy has been jailed for 18 weeks. 

The case places a spotlight on cyberbullying and trolling, which have become increasingly problematic in recent years as social networks and other electronic communication mediums become more widely used. 

"People feel 
protected by anonymity and the true nature of people comes to the fore," said Fevzi Turkalp, a technology expert from gadgetdetective.com. "Someone will go onto an Apple website and say something derogatory about Apple, knowing full well people on there will be fans of Apple, in order to provoke a response."

"Misuse of Internet sites can destroy teachers' confidence and professional reputation and provide yet another vehicle for false allegations against staff," added Chris Keates, General Security of the NASUWT teacher's union. "New cases of abuse, harassment and humiliation are emerging all the time."

Duffy never knew MacBryde or her family.



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RE: Who gets to decide what is offensive?
By kleinma on 9/14/2011 1:18:38 PM , Rating: 0
Easy for you to say when you didn't have a loved one die and have this guy doing what he was doing. If you were actually in the situation, you would likely feel different. The sites can't teach this guy a lesson, but a few weeks in jail hopefully can. Everyone has the right to be a douche, but what this guy was doing goes well beyond that.


RE: Who gets to decide what is offensive?
By AssBall on 9/14/2011 3:04:41 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Everyone has the right to be a douche, but what this guy was doing goes well beyond that.


Not really. He was pretty much just being a douche. If people are so uptight that they let internet trolls make them cry, then they have bigger issues.


RE: Who gets to decide what is offensive?
By BugblatterIII on 9/14/2011 8:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
Such as, perhaps, the fact that their daughter died?


RE: Who gets to decide what is offensive?
By AssBall on 9/14/11, Rating: 0
By YashBudini on 9/14/2011 8:46:11 PM , Rating: 5
That is a fact of life no question about it.

But so are the ramifications of dancing on someone's grave.

quote:
With great freedom comes great responsibility.


RE: Who gets to decide what is offensive?
By FITCamaro on 9/14/2011 3:24:40 PM , Rating: 5
No one is saying the guy isn't a douchebag. But since when is it a government's job to make people not be douchebags? If they can jail someone for being an asshole on the internet, what can't they jail them for?


By TeXWiller on 9/14/2011 5:23:15 PM , Rating: 1
Fortunately, the US government doesn't ever have to jail someone for being an asshole on the net. They can always launch a Hellfire from an UAV towards the those they consider the most obnoxious of trolls..in Yemen /ducks, hides and cowers =)


By YashBudini on 9/14/2011 6:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If they can jail someone for being an asshole on the internet, what can't they jail them for?

From past experience I'd say playing a major role in collapsing the economy of an entire planet.


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