It has been reported today in the UK press that a 25 year old man has been convicted and sentenced to prison for posting abusive messages on a Facebook page set up in tribute to a 15 year old girl who had been the victim of a train accident earlier in the year. Under section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988, it is a criminal offence to send a "letter, electoronic communication or article of any description" which is indecent, grossly offensive, contains a threat or which is known or believed to be false if one of the purposes in sending such a communication was to cause distress or anxiety.