Greater Glasgow Police has threatened people with home visits if they send out inaccurate or “hurtful” tweets in a bizarre message posted earlier today.
“Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend. Use the internet safely. #thinkbeforeyoupost,” states the tweet which was sent out this morning.
— GreaterGlasgPolice (@GreaterGlasgPol) April 1, 2016
The tweet includes a series of checked boxes with the words, “Before you post…think!”
“Is it true?”
“Is it hurtful?”
“Is it illegal?”
“Is it necessary?”
“Is it kind?”
This is good news for burglars, rapists and murderers. Apparently, Greater Glasgow Police are more interested in hunting down the authors of mean or inaccurate tweets than stopping actual crime.
It is important to note that there is no indication that this was an April fools joke, although after the backlash they might claim it was anyway.
Twitter users reacted to the threat with total disdain.
“Oh look it’s the thought Police threatening people’s universal human rights,” responded one.
“I never thought I’d see the day when the “Internet Police” became a real thing,” added another.
Others chose to make their own versions of the tweet.
— Paul Frame (@PaulFrame85) April 1, 2016
This is not the first time that police in Scotland have threatened to harass people for their free speech.
Last year we reported on how Police Scotland announced their intention investigate “offensive comments” made on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media & any offensive comments will be investigated.
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) December 30, 2014
“Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media & any offensive comments will be investigated,” stated the tweet.
Last week, a man in Croydon, London had his apartment ransacked and was arrested by police for inciting racial hatred via social media after he criticized Muslim immigration in the aftermath of the Brussels terror attack.
The charges against Matthew Doyle were subsequently dropped and he vowed to sue the Metropolitan Police but later changed his mind.
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