May 14, 2009

Twitter User in Guatemala Arrested for 'Inciting Panic"

Major political unrest in Guatemala has led to an unprecedented event: a Twitter user has been arrested for one of his tweets and had his computer confiscated. The arrest comes amid allegations that the Guatemalan president, Álvaro Colom, ordered an assassination.

The Twitterer Jean Anleu Fernández (@jeanfer) tweeted that people should remove their funds from the Banrural bank, leading to his arrest for “inciting financial panic.” The events transpired in Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City.

Read more from mashable at Guatemalan Twitter User Arrested Amid Assassination Controversy.

For background on how social network sites are creating and reporting on the political crises in Guatemala, see Guatemalan Protests Organized and Covered on Social Sites.

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