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Aug 10 2012

Putting the knife in

We all know that Twitter is a gift to people who enjoy saying horrible things to people they dislike or disagree with. Think Jessica Ahlquist; think #mencallmethings. Even Olympic athletes get the treatment.

A 17-year-old boy arrested as part of an investigation into Twitter messages sent to the diver Tom Daley after he and team-mate Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday has been issued with a harassment warning….

The teenager was held at a guesthouse in Weymouth, Dorset, hours after Daley retweeted messages he had been sent soon after finishing fourth in the 10m men’s synchronised platform diving event. Daley, 18, retweeted a message that said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.” The diver added: “After giving it my all … you get idiots sending me this …”

Daley’s father, Rob, died from cancer last year…

Speaking before the Olympics, Daley told the BBC: “Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I’ve had worthwhile. It’s been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics. I’m doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age. I always wanted to do it and Dad was so supportive of everything. It would make it extra special to do it for him.”

Ugly, isn’t it.

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  1. 1
    Jafafa Hots

    Seems like a lot of that going around lately.

  2. 2
    Alverant

    Just about every day my decision to stay on the fringes of social media (no Twitter, no Facebook, no cell phone) seems smarter and smarter. There are some major league assholes out on the internet.

  3. 3
    'Tis Himself

    “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”

    The twit knew this how? Is he in communication with Daley’s dad via ouija board? Or is he just whining out of his ass because Daley didn’t win a medal?

  4. 4
    Maureen Brian

    It seems the young idiot had a recent history of sending mean and rather pointless messages to people.

  5. 5
    Pierce R. Butler

    The teenager was held at a guesthouse in Weymouth, Dorset…

    Izzat what useta be called a gaol?

    Orwell lives!

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    Pierce R. Butler

    maureenbrian – thanks for the clarification.

    Apparently my confusion involved a double-stumble over the British/American “English” divide – not only being unaware of the meaning of “guesthouse” (curious how your linked article uses the term as a compound and as two words, eh?), but reading “detained” as “confined” rather than “arrested”. (Assuming that latter works as a translation…)

    Tally up one more mid-Atlantic miscommunication.

  8. 8
    Michael

    The kid has problems

    Norman Messer, the father of the teen arrested after insulting Daley, said yesterday that Twitter should have shut down his son Reece’s account a long time ago. Mr Messer, 58, said his son suffers from an extreme form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “It’s not just Daley. He’s abused everyone on Twitter. If you go down his tweets you can see he’s got a problem. There should be some way to close down the accounts of people who are not well, like Reece. I also think there should be an age limit. It’s not right that young people should go on there and say things like this.” He said his son is now full of remorse for his tweets to Daley. “He finds comfort going on Twitter – it gives him a buzz. He’s tried to apologise to Tom, but hasn’t got a reply, which has caused him more anxiety – although I’m not trying to blame Tom at all.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/pressure-grows-on-twitter-to-curb-abusive-trolls-8007756.html

  9. 9
    ewanmacdonald

    I don’t think people should be arrested for leaving messages like that. I’d rather the UK adopted something similar to the First Amendment, and the jurisprudence that followed.

  10. 10
    tricster

    He wasn’t arrested or detained for that tweet, he was arrested because of this tweet:

    “i’m going to find you and i’m going to drown you in the pool you cocky tw*t your a nobody people like you make me sick”

    source

  11. 11
    Michael

    He wasn’t arrested or detained for that tweet, he was arrested because of this tweet:

    Have you a source for that ? All I could find said the police didn’t say which tweet they arrested him for.

    Michael

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