Inappropriate Twitter post directed towards Olympian Athlete Tom Daley leads to arrest
ARTICLE BY miami PUBLISHED Aug 2, 2012
With the rate things are going with Twitter posts and the Olympics, its starting to appear that keeping quiet about anything is more beneficial than saying anything at all, as a 17 year old who had recently been allegedly arrested would attest.
In reaction to British Olympian Tom Daley’s 4th place finish in synchronized diving last Monday, a post on his Twitter page noted how the athlete had failed to live up to his father’s expectations and pride by not earning a medal and earning a spot on the medal stand.
Daley’s father had passed away last year due to brain cancer, and a post with such words and sentiments is understandably inappropriate, regardless if Daley, or any other athlete, did not get to bag a medal.
The following Tweet after the first, also authored by the same user, then went on with threats, threatening that he would find Daley and then down him in the pool.
With England being more strict where the Tweeting of messages is concerned, a 17 year old was then subsequently arrested in relation to the said inappropriate Twitter posts, given that Twitter messages/posts which are indecent, offensive and/or menacing are grounds for prosecution in Britain.
The reportedly arrested 17 year old was arrested on the grounds of “suspicion of malicious communications”, pertaining to his messages/posts in Twitter.
This is not the first reported Twitter-Olympics “issue” known to be, with Voula Papachristou of Greece having been officially thrown out of the game by Greece due to a racist post/message targeting African-Americans.
Michel Morganella of the Swiss Soccer Team was also officially thrown out of the Game by his Native country, in relation to a Tweet which fell along the lines of him wanting to burn and punch South Korean soccer opponents.
The recent social media issue revolving around Daley is a twist to the abovementioned two, with Daley being the victim as opposed to have been the instigator of an inappropriate Twitter message/post.
As the situation stands, it’s looking like the relationship between Twitter and the Olympics is not a good match for athletes and their followers alike.