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Olympics: Cyberbullies targeting athletes told to back off

Published on Aug 1, 2012 8:46 AM
 
Cyberbullies targeting Olympic athletes received a clear message on Tuesday to back off following the arrest of a suspected Internet troll but the issue highlighted a divide on how to deal with Twitter abuse. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Cyberbullies targeting Olympic athletes received a clear message on Tuesday to back off following the arrest of a suspected Internet troll but the issue highlighted a divide on how to deal with Twitter abuse.

Police arrested a 17-year-old man on suspicion of malicious communication after British diver Tom Daley received tweets saying he had let down his deceased father by finishing fourth and failing to win a medal.

On Monday, Swiss footballer Michel Morganella was expelled from the Games for tweeting South Koreans 'can go burn' after they beat his team but the player was not arrested.

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked out of the Olympics two days before the official opening after a tweet mocking African immigrants. No legal action has been taken.

 
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