Police arrest man for insulting athlete on Twitter

The tweets in question 
By: Debbie Gross 

Free speech is rapidly being erased around the world, even in the United Kingdom.

Police said that a man has been arrested in relation to a Twitter publication aimed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The father of Daley died of brain cancer a year ago, and the Olympic, age 18, had hoped to win a medal "for me and my dad." But he finished fourth in the 10-meter synchronized platform with partner Pete Waterfield.

Then, a Twitter user posted several negative messages, including, "You let your dad down I hope you know that."

Dorset Police said Tuesday that a man, aged 17, was arrested at a guest house in Weymouth, "on suspicion of malicious communications" in connection with threats made against Daley on Twitter.

In Britain, tweeting messages deemed threatening can lead to prosecution.



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