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Can you be prosecuted for “inciting violence” if you're merely re-Tweeting something? What if the Tweet is false? Can you be prosecuted for spreading false information and inciting riots?
Two individuals in Mexico – a private school teacher and a radio broadcaster – are potentially looking at 30-year prison terms under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly using Twitter (News - Alert) to spread panic over a series of child kidnappings that turned out to be fictional.
Lawyers for Vera and Pagola maintain that the two were merely re-Tweeting information that had been sent to them, not trying to cause mass panic.
Said Pagola through her lawyer, “How can they possibly do this to me, for re-tweeting a message? I mean, it's 140 characters. It's not logical.”