It’s certainly true that “the authorities don’t seem to understand the way Twitter works” — and those “authorities” include not only the police and the judiciary but Canada’s Official Jews(tm), who’d better prepare for a shitstorm if they go ahead with their plans to tame the Internet.
Of course, the New York Times, which should also be blown up, can’t help making itself look ridiculous:
It is unclear how people on Twitter would have responded had Mr. Chambers been, say, a Muslim living near Manchester. Though many users seem consistently to argue for the unfettered right to say anything on the site, reaction has been less uniform in a second case. On Thursday, a local official in Birmingham was questioned by the police after responding to the comments of a newspaper columnist who is a Muslim woman by posting on Twitter: “Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death?” (He quickly apologized and removed the message; he has not been charged with a crime.)
Well, it’s clear to me but then again, I don’t work at the New York Times.
The key sentence is the last one (which is why the NYT puts it at the end of its faux outrage graph. The KEY to the entire paragraph, and story, is that an Anglo-Saxon guy got charged and a Muslim guy didn’t, even though Anglo-Saxon guys are statistically less likely to blow up things/stone people to death than Muslims.