THE government has announced tough new penalties for individuals using sarcasm online.
Ministers said that people are deliberately say one thing while meaning another in n a way that is designed to cause annoyance and humiliation.
Prime minister David Cameron highlighted his own experience on Twitter when user Fangtastic71 posted the comment ‘I like your face its cool’ on his feed.
“I replied ‘thanks’ only for this person to respond ‘Not really you fucking Tory bell end’.
“The cruellest aspect of this behaviour is how he made me feel good then stung me, like a scorpion whose sting is made of words.”
Anyone using sarcasm on social media now faces a maximum eight year prison sentence, depending on whether it was mild irony or flat-out piss taking.