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Man Arrested For “Causing Anxiety” On Facebook

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A Philadelphia police cruiser traveling down a city a street. Source: @PhillyPolice on Twitter

It appears in the UK writing a post that causes anxiety is illegal.

A 51-year-old British army veteran was arrested at his home after he allegedly spread “malicious” content on social media.

When police arrived at the veteran’s door they stated that the veteran was being arrested for “causing anxiety on social media”.

Take a look at the moment it happened here:

The Daily Mail dropped these details:

A police force has been slammed by its own crime commissioner after an army veteran was arrested for sharing an image posted by Laurence Fox on social media.

Donna Jones, Tory police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, issued a statement on Friday highlighting concern over ‘both the proportionality and necessity of the police’s response’ after the 51-year-old man was arrested at his home in Aldershot for ‘malicious communications’.

The arrest was in relation to the man having shared a picture tweeted by actor turned campaigner Mr Fox of a picture of a swastika made out of a number of pride flags.

The tweet resulted in a sharp backlash, with Twitter temporarily freezing his account for violating their ‘hateful imagery’ policy, and a Assembly member calling on the to investigate Mr Fox. He was not arrested.

Harry Miller, a former police officer, was also arrested after claiming he had tried to prevent the former serviceman from being detained, The Telegraph reports.

In her statement, Ms Jones said: ‘When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong.’


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