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England: York trainspotter wrongly branded sex offender on Facebook

[bbc.com – 8/10/18]

A woman who branded a trainspotter as a sex offender in a Facebook post is being investigated by police.

The man, who has learning disabilities, was seen using binoculars in bushes near York railway station on Tuesday.

The woman reported him to police who established he was a keen trainspotter.

Police said she later uploaded a picture of the man on to Facebook and “wrongly branded him a sex offender”. They have launched a malicious communication investigation.

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The Facebook post had attracted hundreds of abusive comments, North Yorkshire Police said.

“The incident has caused extreme distress to the man and his family,” a force spokesman said.

“Our advice to members of the public is to pause before you post and think of the potential consequences of uploading spurious and malicious messages and the devastating effect it can have on its victims.

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  1. AO

    “While the member of the public was right to call the police about suspicious behaviour, uploading a photo of him and wrongly calling him a sex offender was extremely irresponsible.”

    So it’s fine if the same thing happened to an actual RC? Because that’s how this quote comes off.

    • David Kennerly is Frightening and High

      This indicates a creeping emergence into public consciousness of the validity of a relativistic metric for judging individual legitimacy based upon the conjectured status of the subject. There is now a two-track system in which things which “normal” people do continue to be allowable (although subject to scrutiny to determine status) but that when done by “sex offenders” are regarded as investigation-worthy and legally actionable. This phenomenon has escalated with a really alarming speed that we should not see as having yet arrived at its logical conclusion. Most people are trapped in the moment however and fail to see where all of this is likely to end-up.

  2. AnotherAnon

    Are binoculars illegal now?

  3. Timmr

    Birdwatchers, beware.

  4. totally against public registry

    The woman should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of some kind of crime and then posted on Facebook as a community nuisance for everyone to spot and ignore her…

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