Twitter is just one of the many social media platforms available to the public for their own personal use. Whether it's voicing your opinion or beliefs, tweets are a great way for one to express themselves. With that being, anything you say on twitter still reflects on you as a person.
A 21 year old in Spain was convicted of inciting terrorism, because of what she posted on her tweets. Social media networks and the internet have enabled us to connect with people whom we would never encounter relationships with. Being an internationally known brand, twitter is available in all parts of world for us to feel connected. Although one might feel safe behind the screen of a computer, threatening words and phrases are still not okay. Even internationally, people who pose threats based on what they post are still being monitored very closely.
Being the first person in Spain to have to face such charges for her Twitter post, Alba Gonzáles did not see it coming. According to the Spanish judge who held the hearing for the young girl, her tweets were "highly radicalized and violent". Her tweets included a terror group form the 1970's and 80's called "Grapo", which murdered politicians, a comparison of the minister to a Nazi, and calling for the murder of the nation's conservative prime minister. Clearly this girl had some anger built up towards these people, and posting about it on Twitter did not settle down well with the public.
As a result of such threatening words within her tweeitng, González was sentenced to a year in prison. Thanks to a plea bargain, the girl will not be going to jail unless she commits a new crime. The lesson here is, don't post things that will come back and haunt you. When you post something for the public to see, it's common sense that everyone will see it. If you don't want people to see what you're gossiping and complaining about, it's best to keep your profile and tweets private.
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