British police department threatens to charge anyone mocking it online


The police department of Wiltshire, a county in South West England, is promising to crack down on Internet trolls. Following widespread mockery, the police department made an additional threat to charge anyone who mocked them or abused them online (By correcting the grammatical error in their initial tweet).

In a series of tweets on Monday, Wiltshire Police highlighted the ever-so-important issue of “hate crimes” on the Internet, which was quickly met with criticism and ridicule, much to the police department’s dismay. “You can’t hide from us” the police department tweeted. “If your spewing abuse from behind a computer screen. Our boys and gals in blue will find you”:

Several users pointed out the obvious grammatical error in the police department’s tweet (“your” instead of “you’re”), with one user wondering how this police department could be entrusted with the duty of policing speech online when they can’t even figure out basic grammar. The police department’s Twitter account has also been subject to ridicule, with several users comparing them to George Orwell’s 1984, and several memes mocking them being tweeted at their Twitter handles.

In light of this, the police department tweeted out a secondary statement, informing readers that it was reviewing all the posts sent to its Social media platforms, and was considering any potential criminal offenses that may have been committed. The police department also promised to ban any user who was posting “offensive or abusive material”:

We will not tolerate any form of abuse or discriminatory remarks made on any of our social media platforms,” the account stated. “We are reviewing the posts and will consider any potential criminal offences which might have been committed. WE will also ban anyone who is posting offensive or abusive material. Hate crime will not be tolerated in any form in our communities or online.

Just in case you’re wondering what “offensive and threatening” tweets they are referring to, here are just a few: