- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

The number of people arrested for allegedly “offensive” posts on social media has skyrocketed in London, according to figures released by Metropolitan Police.

The number of arrests made by the Metropolitan Police for alleged breaches of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 increased by 37 percent over the past five years, The Register reported.

Section 127 prohibits the improper use of public electronic communications network, which includes offensive, indecent, or obscene online posts made “for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.”

Violating the law can carry a six-month prison term or fine of up to $5,500, Vocativ reported.

The speech-based arrests appeared to be on the decline in the London area between 2010 and 2013, until they peaked again in 2015, The Register reported.

Metro Police released the figures in response to a freedom of information request. They only apply to the London area and do not include charges or convictions.

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Some British police departments have taken to social media to remind citizens to think twice before posting on social media, Vocativ reported.

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