Gerardo Buganza, the interior secretary for Veracruz state in Mexico, said it could very well be the “Twitter terrorism” caused by two people who allegedly spread false reports of gunmen attacking schools and kidnapping children. Those reports caused such panic when parents scrambled around the city to get to their children that there were dozens of car accidents and emergency phone lines were jammed.
The two people, a private school teacher and a radio presenter, now face 30 years in prison for charges under terrorism laws.
According to the Guardian, these are the most serious charges ever for inciting chaos or violence through Twitter.
Prosecutors claim one of the defendants tweeted, “My sister-in-law just called me all upset, they just kidnapped five children from the school.”
Both defendants claim that they only repeated what they saw elsewhere on the Internet.
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