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Arrested Over Twitter: 8 Tweets That Got People BUSTED

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/25/10 11:19 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Twitterers and non-Twitterers alike often grumble that the many tweets are fluffy nonsense--posts about what we ate for breakfast, complaints about the weather, and other trifles. But some unlucky Tweeters have found it's better to be boring than to get busted.

We've taken a look at 8 cases where Twitter overshares, "jokes," and opinionated tweets have gotten people arrested. Know of other cases? Share them with us at technology [at] huffingtonpost.com!

See the slideshow below, then check out tweets that got people fired, 19 Facebook posts that got people arrested, and Facebook overshares that got users canned.

Man Arrested, Fined For Tweeting Airport Bomb Threat
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Paul Chambers, 27, was arrested after tweeting a "joke" airport bomb threat. Frustrated by delays at the airport, Chambers wrote, "Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" The AP reports, "An airport employee came across the tweet a few days later, but security staff there decided it was not a credible bomb threat. Nevertheless, they passed the message on to police. Chambers was arrested two days before his flight was due to leave." Chambers was convicted of sending a threatening message and slapped with a fine. He insists the message was merely "innocuous hyperbole."
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