In March this year, my housemate’s cousin, Liam Stacey, 21, from Swansea was sentenced to 56 days in prison for composing racially motivated tweets about Fabrice Muamba.
In April, three men were arrested by North Wales police for allegedly naming a rape victim using social media. The arrests follow comments allegedly made after Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman near Rhyl.
By May, the total number of people arrested was 16. By law, the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to live long anonymity. But, how many Twitter users are aware of this?
Disregarding the opinion of whether or not these reactions/sentences/arrests are justified, this cannot avoid the debate about whether or not the public should be made aware of the law and how public their tweets are.
It could be argued that by highlighting the severity of these cases it attempts to teach and warn the public about how they should behave in the public realms of the internet.