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by Mike Masnick

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Paul Chambers Planning To Blow His Twitter Joke Trial Sky High...

from the that's-a-joke... dept

Paul Chambers, who has now lost twice in court for making a joke on Twitter (talking about "blowing [an] airport sky high!!" if it didn't reopen from weather delays), which everyone (including the police) agree was a joke, is now threatening to blow the case sky high, by appealing to the UK High Court. One would hope that the folks at the UK High Court recognize the chilling effects of prosecuting someone for making a silly statement on social networks that clearly had no intent behind it. Again -- before people accuse otherwise -- I have no problem with the message being investigated by police to make sure it wasn't serious. However, once it was clear that it was not a real threat, then no charges should have been brought. In the meantime, I'm still wondering what kind of terrorists first Tweet that they're actually going to blow up an airport... Perhaps the folks behind the TSA's security team can answer that...

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    btrussell (profile), 24 Nov 2010 @ 8:41am

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    Just examples of how jokes go bad, like in the post, and how what one finds humorous is not necessarily funny to others or to the person(s) the supposed joke is played on.

    Surely my intent was clear, taken in context, yes?

    Are racial jokes okay? No one is getting maimed. Nor, generally(I doubt I have heard them all), according to MY sense of humor, can they be misconstrued as a threat.

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