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Grenada makes it a crime to offend people on Facebook, Twitter

The tiny Caribbean island passed an electronic bill that also incurs punishment for identity theft and e-stalking.
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Insult someone on Twitter or Facebook in one Caribbean island and you could have a legal problem.

Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to write offensive things about people or businesses on social media sites.

The electronic crimes bill is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and brings with it fines of up to $37,000 or three years in prison.

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It also takes a tough stand on stalking online, identity theft and child pornography, the Associated Press reported.

Grenada's Legal Affairs Minister, Elvin Nimrod, told the AP: "We have problems when some use the technology to engage in mischief."

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But, what may seem like a random act to squash free speech, makes more sense when you look at how Twitter and Facebook are used and perceived in the country.

In Granada, all police officers have their Twitter handle visible on their informs.

In an effort to make the government more accessible and accountable, police cars also have Twitter addresses, illustrating how the island has embraced the platform as a daily means of communication for its citizens.

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