The Debate Continues: Tweets Get UK Tourists Arrested by U.S. Border Authorities

February 10, 2012

We previously reported on our blog about two British tourists who were detained and prevented from entering the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program due to a couple of unfortunate tweets. Forbes now quoted a spokesperson from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol stating that the tweets were not the original basis of heightened interest in…

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Tweets Get UK Tourists Arrested by U.S. Border Authorities

February 1, 2012

“Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?” is what Leigh van Bryan, 26, tweeted to friends about his upcoming trip to Hollywood, California. While “destroy” means “party” in British slang, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat, ultimately leading to his arrest after a five…

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Twitter in the Courtroom

December 22, 2010

On December 20, 2010 the head of judiciary in England and Wales ruled that reporters and other observers can send updates to twitter from the courtroom while trials are in session as long as the messages do not impede the judicial process. A court in Connecticut allowed twitter updates during a murder trial while in…

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One Tweet Sends Chinese Woman To Labor Camp For A Year

November 18, 2010

As previously reported on our blog, in the United States, a Facebook post can get you fired. Well, in China, a tweet can send you to labor camp… As reported on NPR — Last month China and Japan were having a diplomatic spat over a chain of uninhabited, but disputed, islands in the East China…

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