Offensive Posts on Twitter or Facebook to Attract Penalty in Grenada

July 1, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The social media has turned out to be a crazy open platform where many out there just do whatever they want regardless of whom it may effect.

There are also thousands of social beings who use the public forum to abuse or pen mischievous and ugly comments about someone else and thus gain a mind full of satisfaction.

But then, they seldom realize what they do is absolutely crazy and offensive. There are also many who continue to do so even after knowing what they do is totally offensive and uncalled for. The world of social networking is plunging to new depths, thanks to such irresponsible behavior.


But then the tiny island nation of Grenada doesn’t want to take things lying down. Lawmakers in Grenada are of the opinion that enough is enough! They have now decided to ban online mischief.

In a scenario where people express themselves freely and end up hurting others, it has become imperative there needs to be a check. The island of Grenada wanted to put an end to all the rubbish despite the freedom given by the social media networks for open thoughts.

The lawmakers have now brought about a bill that makes it a crime to insult someone online. Grenada’s Legal Affairs Minister, Elvin Nimrod has been quoted as saying that it becomes a problem when some people use technology to engage in misconduct.

So, if you are in Grenada and besmirch anybody’s character or name, you will be fined up to $37,000 or sent to jail for three years.

In most countries, mischief makes the world go round. Grenada, though, has its own way and has taken a firm step. Now, anyone who feels hurt by a nasty tweeter can approach the court by presenting the copy of posted matter and wait for a judgment.

The law is more complicated than one could imagine. If someone posts an offensive about a minister, then the minister will have to come to court for hearing. Still, lawmakers are determined to implement the law on people and companies.

Many citizens of Grenada should now learn what all words, phrases and nuances are considered offensive. The law mainly protects politicians and their beneficiaries upfront.

Whatever, the law needs to be seen as a stern new step. What do you think?

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