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Falsely accused UK man to drop some Twitter suits

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February 21, 2013 10:34 AM EST | AP

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LONDON — A British politician wrongly accused of child sex abuse has dropped his threat to sue people who named him on Twitter – as long as they have fewer than 500 followers.

Alistair McAlpine is asking those tweeters with fewer than 500 followers who falsely labeled him a pedophile to donate 25 pounds ($38) to a children's charity.

McAlpine has already received damages from the BBC, which ran a report last year linking him to decades-old child sex abuse.

The BBC report did not name McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, but it led to widespread Internet chatter about him.

McAlpine said Thursday he would proceed with a lawsuit against Sally Bercow, wife of the British Parliament speaker, who named him on Twitter, where she had thousands of followers.