Twitter users in Bahrain jailed for allegedly insulting tweets

The Bahraini government started the process of revising its penal code last month to allow officials to jail anyone who insults King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, according to Amnesty International.

It appears that the government is now taking action.

Six people were sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday for allegedly insulting the King on Twitter, according to Al Jazeera.

The criminal court ruled that these people were "misusing the right of free expression" and their tweets were "undermining the values and traditions of Bahrain's society towards the king on Twitter."

Bahrain, which … Read more

Police patrolman's beat: Break up Facebook fights

Here is a job that many modern, ambitious police officers would surely adore: driving around to people's houses all day in order to listen to their complaints about Facebook.

No, these folks aren't up in arms about losing their privacy legs. They are upset at what others have posted about them.

Who cannot thank the Daily Mail for noting that one British police inspector revealed this rather modern form of policing?

On his Inspector Gadget blog, the unnamed policeman wrote that the "Facebook car" is what is officially known as the "Diary Car" or … Read more

Teacher suspended for alleged 'future criminals' Facebook post

It seems only last week that a teacher of young minds was threatened with legal action for mocking one of her class on Facebook.

Because it was only last week. Yes, this Chicago elementary school educator was upbraided for allegedly laughing at a little girl's Jolly Rancher hair.

But now there is news that another teacher--this time in Paterson, N.J.-- has been suspended for allegedly calling her first-grade class "future criminals" on Facebook.

Some might think this less of an insult than, for example, calling them "future cast members of Jersey Shore."

However, … Read more

Kenneth Cole tweet: Egypt in uproar over my shoes

Clothes, even when black, need still to be classy. The same goes for humor, even when black.

So I wonder how the Incorrect Collective might feel to hear that Kenneth Cole, he who makes those shoes worn by people who don't like to get dirty, sent out a tweet about Egypt.

According to reports, it read: "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online."

Cole has a habit of putting the initials "KC" after his tweets, just so his rapt followers know that this one'… Read more

Man fined for insulting ex-girlfriend on Facebook

Sometimes, we say things we just don't mean. Or, more accurately, that we really do mean, but we wish we hadn't said in public.

Still, with fewer people seeming to care about privacy anymore, the untoward consequences of our free expressions can be costly. It seems, for example, that saying something nasty to your ex-girlfriend on Facebook might cost you 165 British pounds (around $250).

According to the Telegraph, Darren Mattox, a 29-year-old from Wrexham, Wales, confessed in court to writing something "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character" to a Facebook friend … Read more

Hotshot robot enjoys insult comedy and stealing your girlfriend

Attendees of this past weekend's Coachella music festival in Southern California spotted a robot named Hotshot who apparently roamed the fairgrounds making colorful robotic commentary. Falling somewhere between Short Circuit and Triumph the insult-comic dog, Hotshot seems to be a remote-controlled bot with a head-mounted camera and an off-site operator who provides the robot with its witty banter.

Hotshot begs an interesting and possibly terrifying question. Is it possible to engineer a robot that has a better chance of getting lucky than you do? Not some kind of super-realistic sexbot like Cherry 2000, but a Johnny 5-style robot … Read more