One Year of Hard Labor for a Tweet

For all the time I complain about someone putting something terrible on Twitter, like how their latest trip into the bathroom went, I forget how lucky I have it that I can make fun of that and not get hurt by anyone.

The Tweet that landed Cheng Jianping in Jail

That’s a retweet from Chinese activist Cheng Jianpang. Because of that tweet she was detained and sentenced for a year of “Re-education through labor.”


I whine a lot about how terrible people’s tweets are (because they are), but I can’t imagine ever putting someone in jail for a retweet. Actually, I can imagine doing that if I were the supreme dictator of Twitter and because I’m evil, but that’s not the point.

We can call out bad tweets, chastise their authors and holding them to a better standard, but if we jailed everyone who tweeted something negative, ever, then what would be the point?

It’s news like this that makes me glad I live in a society when I can be a twitter shitter and not be jailed for it.

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2 Responses to “One Year of Hard Labor for a Tweet”

  1. Chris Ferdinandi - Renegade HR November 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Remind me to NEVER visit China. Ever.

    • Jay November 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

      Never visit China. Ever.