Sentenced to Prison for posting a Meme (Public Board)

by JoFrance, Monday, November 13, 2023, 18:29 (19 days ago)

If I said we still have freedom of speech in this country, I would be wrong. Douglass Mackey was convicted of sharing a meme poking fun at Hillary Clinton and her low-information voters. He didn't even create the meme, he just shared it. Now, our tyrannical government has sentenced him to 7 months in federal prison.

Of course, he will appeal it until he runs out of money, but the entire case sets a dangerous precedent for anyone that might post a meme that government censors don't like. In his case, they've charged him with conspiracy to commit election fraud. It's ridiculous because the meme was an obvious joke, but apparently that is no longer allowed in our "free" country.


Sentenced to Prison for posting a Meme

by TheRuse, Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 20:02 (18 days ago) @ JoFrance

How much do you want to bet if it was about Trump, there would have been no peep at all.

Sentenced to Prison for posting a Meme

by JoFrance, Sunday, November 19, 2023, 17:39 (13 days ago) @ TheRuse

No doubt, if the meme was about Trump it would have been applauded.

Welcome back!

by IT guy, Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 23:51 (10 days ago) @ TheRuse

Haven't seen you here in awhile


He f***ed himself

by Cornpop Sutton ⌂, A bad bad dude who makes good shine., Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 20:46 (17 days ago) @ JoFrance
edited by Cornpop Sutton, Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 01:15

I'm not familiar with this trial or case.

So I think the guy's downfall was supplying parody information that seemed plausible, namely non existent text numbers in his fake ads. Then, not adding any disclaimer at all.

It's a long shot (like a parsec in length) that a troll ad would turn into a federal crime charge but he left himself totally unprotected.

I believe he is literally f***ed. Unfair, but he made it seem too real.

Even the fine print stays with the joke: "Must be 18 or older to vote..." etc. He should have had SOME disclaimer visible in the graphic such as "you are retard if you believe this".

This gave him no cover whatsoever to claim parody or humor. It was easy to spin IMO to be the form of deliberate misdirection.

Unclear that anyone threw their vote away on this. Did they get complaints from voters? (They should be deported for ignorance BTW.)

If he had not made it look so plausible to the civics un-knowledgeable, the court would not have gotten their legal claws into him in a definitive way. He would have had some alibi, some cover.

Plain phone numbers are always spoofed in entertainment with 555- area codes and prefixes. There's no such convention for spoofed SMS short codes that movies and TV use. You send and pray. If he made up a working 5 digit code there may be no way to know.

Still, draconian and shitty to an absurd degree, like everything else this regime does.

He f***ed himself

by JoFrance, Sunday, November 19, 2023, 18:30 (13 days ago) @ Cornpop Sutton

I've seen plenty of misleading ads that look real but aren't. None of them had disclaimers, but this is now the new normal and a warning for anyone posting something that the jackals in our government could interpret as election interference.

They want to make an example of him, so unless he can overturn it on appeal he is definitely screwed. This government has proven itself to be against free speech and pro-censorship if it doesn't support their agenda.

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