Grenada Makes It A Criminal Offense To Insult Someone Online

Amanda Bynes might want to watch herself, especially if she takes her Twitter tirades abroad.

The eastern Caribbean island of Grenada has passed a law that makes it a criminal offense to insult someone online.

As the AP reports, the measure was approved as part of an electronic crimes bill, passed on Friday, that also imposes penalties on electronic stalking, identity theft, and distribution of child pornography.

The bill, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, says that complaints should be filed with the police, at which point a judge will then decide if the message was offensive.

The potential punishment? A fine of up to $37,000 and three years in prison.

But how do you balance free speech with user protection? That’s been an unanswerable question across all major social networks.

Take the recent case of anti-semitic tweets in France – after a knotty legal battle, a French court recently ordered Twitter to disclose the names of the users accused of posting the tweets, rejecting an appeal that Twitter filed in March.

Under the Grenada law, not only would those names need to be disclosed, the tweeters would be criminal offenders.

Or give the now-legendary Amanda Bynes’ Twitter account a brief scroll-through; one in ten of her tweets would classify as an “online insult” to someone else. So she, too, would be a criminal in Grenada.

Do you think the Grenada law is a good idea? Would you want it passed in America?

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