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When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers's travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by tapping out a comment to amuse his friends. "Robin Hood airport is closed," he wrote. "You've got a week and a bit to get your # together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"
Unfortunately for Mr Chambers, the police didn't see the funny side. A week after posting the message on the social networking site, he was arrested under the Terrorism Act and questioned for almost seven hours by detectives who interpreted his post as a security threat. After he was released on bail, he was suspended from work pending an internal investigation, and has, he says, been banned from the Doncaster airport for life. "I would never have thought, in a thousand years, that any of this would have happened because of a Twitter post," said Mr Chambers, 26. "I'm the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine."
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
how did the airport get that tweet though?
did they intercept it?'
it's interesting to see who pushed twitter the most
it was the media and celebrities
that's why i would never use it
EDIT to add: I don't think any of us can say the joke wasn't funny, we weren't one of the recipients.
[edit on 18-1-2010 by ModernAcademia]
Originally posted by Raist
Exactly. There was such a deal made over MySpace, Twitter, and Face Book. Now we are seeing why there was such a big deal made. What a perfect way to get people to tell you what they are planning on doing or even “read” their thoughts.
Originally posted by Aceofclubs
@yzzyUK your friends joke is funny even more so if the cashier checks the note or the card(like anyone would admit that in the stuation :lol
America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.
Could Twitter become terrorists’ newest killer app? A draft Army intelligence report, making its way through spy circles, thinks the miniature messaging software could be used as an effective tool for coordinating militant attacks.
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