Man to challenge Twitter ‘threat’ conviction
LONDON (AP) - A man who was convicted and fined for tweeting that he planned to blow up an airport will take his case to Britain's High Court in a test of the limits of free speech on the Internet, his lawyers said Monday
Chambers, a 27-year-old trainee accountant, was arrested in January after he posted a message on Twitter saying he would blow Robin Hood Airport in northern England “sky high” if his flight, due to leave a week later, was delayed.
Chambers insisted it was a joke. But a judge found him guilty of sending a menacing message over a public telecommunications network and ordered him to pay a 385 pound ($615) fine plus legal costs.
Earlier this month another judge rejected Chambers‘ appeal.
The verdict caused a wave of outrage on Twitter, with thousands of supporters retweeting Chambers‘ message with the tag “I Am Spartacus” _ a reference to the 1960 movie epic in which the titular hero’s fellow rebels all assume his identity in a gesture of solidarity.