Boy, 10, insults Dutch PM on Hyves

6th November 2008, Comments 5 comments

The boy who posted the message says he does not know who Jan Peter Balkenende is but has heard the name on TV.

6 November 2008
TWENTE - The newspaper De Telegraaf reports that Dutch police have seized the computer of a 10-year-old boy who posted an insulting message of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on a social networking site
The boy wrote "kick his ugly head off" on the popular Hyves site.

Police traced the message to an address in the town of Rijssen in Twente province. Upon investigation, police realised that it was a 10-year-old boy who posted the message.
The boy said he did not know who Balkenende was, but had heard the name on television. He said he would write a letter to the prime minister to offer his apologies. The boy's computer has been seized for further investigation.

Earlier this year, Hyves was voted as the website of the year in the Netherlands y readers of Emerce, a Dutch magazine and weblog devoted to electronic commerce.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

5 Comments To This Article

  • Georgie posted:

    on 10th November 2008, 14:13:31 - Reply

    Perhaps this is just a publicity stunt for Hyves...
  • Mike posted:

    on 7th November 2008, 18:22:43 - Reply

    Don't the police have anything better to do? Shouldn't they be out there catching real criminals? What "further investigation" can they possibly be doing on this boy's computer? And this in a country where the police in some jurisdictions won't even come to your house to make a report of a break in or even start an investigation!!! Give me a break.
  • Matt posted:

    on 7th November 2008, 12:45:02 - Reply

    and what's the crime here? Am I missing something? What right do they have for taking his PC?

    I thought we had freedom of speech here.
  • AndreaUKA posted:

    on 7th November 2008, 12:25:43 - Reply

    I fear Bush, Obama, Blair, Brown et al are in for a somewhat busy time - they'll be rushed off their feet seizing computers worldwide!
  • Georgie posted:

    on 7th November 2008, 11:13:09 - Reply

    What is the prime minister doing on Hyves anyway? Most public figures don't have the time for that. Plus if you are going to set up a profile as a politician you are asking for people to write insulting comments to you, I am surprised he only received one from a ten year old boy...