A man and a woman from UK have been sent to jail for abusive tweets. 23 year old Isabella Sorley and 25 year old John Nimmo had pleaded guilty to charge of “improper use of a public electronic communications network” earlier in the month.
The pair sent abusive tweets on Twitter after the decision of Band of England to put the picture of novelist Jane Austen on a note of 10 pound note. The successful campaign of putting more British women on currency notes was led by activist and journalist Caroilne Criado Perez and subsequently she was subjected to 50 threatening and abusive tweets per hours.
Nimmo has been sentenced to eight weeks jail time for posting 20 abusive tweets from 5 different Twitter accounts. Sorely received 12 weeks jail time for posting 16 tweets .
The case is clearly a warning to those Twitter users who use Twitter for abuse but many users also called on Twitter to improve its abuse and spam reporting features. Twitter subsequently updated its website and apps and now allows users to report tweets for spam or abuse.