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5 Sep, 2011

‘Twitter terrorists’ face 30 years in jail for inciting mass panic – SMH

A former teacher turned radio commentator and a maths tutor who lives with his mother are facing possible 30-year sentences for terrorism and sabotage in what may be the most serious charges ever brought against anyone using a Twitter social network account.

Prosecutors say the defendants helped cause a chaos of car crashes and panic as parents in the Mexican city of Veracruz rushed to save their children because of false reports that gunmen were attacking schools.

Gerardo Buganza, interior secretary for Veracruz state, compared the panic to that caused by Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. But he said the fear roused by that account of a Martian invasion of New Jersey “was small compared to what happened here”.

via ‘Twitter terrorists’ face 30 years in jail for inciting mass panic.