Douglass Mackey, a once well-known creator of memes on Twitter, has been sentenced to seven months in prison.
The conviction marks a dramatic escalation in how free speech is being handled in the United States. Rendered in the New York criminal court, Mackey was declared guilty of perpetrating a “conspiracy against rights”—the right to an unobstructed election being the one in focus here.
Mackey, who operated under the alias Ricky Vaughn, had made and shared memes critical of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential race. His memes humorously suggested that Clinton supporters cast their ballots through text messages – a patently invalid method of voting.
Although such an improper method was clearly ineffective, Mackey was still convicted over the notion of election interference.
Quite interestingly, many have noted, other internet users who shared similar content regarding the option of text voting for Donald Trump were neither charged nor convicted.
Despite Mackey professing his mere intent of creating a viral meme, similar to those which his fellow Clinton detractors had created, he was penalized….