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Teen Charged for Tweet-Taunting UK Diver

Teen faces charges for 'malicious' tweets: Police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2012 1:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – A British teenager has been arrested over an abusive tweet directed toward one of his country's Olympians, reports the BBC. After synchronized diver Tom Daley missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish, he received this: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." Daley's father, Rob, died of brain cancer last year, and his son had said prior to the Games that he wanted to win a medal in his father's honor. The teen faces charges related to "malicious communications," reports the Guardian.

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It's at least the sixth case over the last six months in which UK police have investigated nasty tweets. A separate Guardian article makes the case that phone companies need to do a better job of letting Brits know that they face legal consequences for abusive commentary, thanks to a 2003 law. "Twitter just seems to bring out the worst in people, but people need to know, abuse is not a sanctionless act," says one lawyer. "You will be traced by police and you will be prosecuted." (Read more Tom Daley stories.)

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