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“Twitter Terrorists” Could Get 30 Years Imprisonment

Written on September 05, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Spreading and inciting chaos through social media could tantamount to serious charges under the law.

According to Gerardo Buganza, interior secretary for Veracruz state in Mexico, the 2011 version of Orson Welle’s War of the Worlds could the recent “Twitter terrorism.”

Two people, a private school teacher and a radio presenter, were said to spread to false reports of gunmen attacking schools and kidnapping children. The said reports caused panic to parents who scrambled around the city to fetch their kids. As a result, dozens of car accidents occurred and the emergency phone lines were jammed. The “Twitter terrorists” now face 30 years imprisonment under the terrorism law. However, both defendants claimed that they only repeated what they saw elsewhere in the Internet.

According to the Guardian, a 30 years in prison could be the most serious charges a person could get from inciting chaos or violence through Twitter.

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