Offend Someone on Facebook, Go to Jail in Grenada
Being mean online could cost you $37K or 3 years behind bars under new law
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
Tourists walk on the white sand of the Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. Hopefully they won't tweet anything bad about it.   (AP Photo/David McFadden)

(Newser) – This tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada will not stand for Internet trolls. The country's legislators have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through sites such as Facebook and Twitter. According to the bill, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, complaints about offensive comments would be filed with police. A judge would then decide if the message was offensive. Those found guilty could be fined up to $37,000 or face three years in prison.

"We have problems when some use the technology to engage in mischief," says the island's Legal Affairs Minister. "We have to put structures in place to ensure that persons and, in some cases, companies and characters are not tarnished." The measure was approved as part of a broader electronic crimes bill, which also makes it a crime to distribute child pornography, imposing fines of up to $111,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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Jul 1, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
(What if you offend the jail system via Facebook in Grenada?) :-)
Jun 30, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
They must have a private for-profit prison system. Thanks, World Bank!
Jun 30, 2013 12:14 PM CDT
I am offended by all humans other than myself and I think they do it intentionally. I propose corporal and capital punishment for these crimes; and secret courts to issue surveillance orders. I also propose that undercover police persons befriend suspected offensive people who do not own PC's and give them access to one with fake websites so they can be entrapped. If they lack computer skills the government should see they are trained for free. Are we to wait until they learn to use computers and actually go to the library and offend a whole bunch of people! Oh, I know, all you rational, clear headed folk will be up in arms but you are not the one being offended.