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SBD Global/August 1, 2012/Olympics
Twitter In The Olympics: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Published August 1, 2012
ATTACKS ON DALEY: The AP noted a teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting malicious Twitter messages directed toward British Olympic diver Tom Daley. British Olympics team leaders said that they intervened with Twitter to delete offensive messages sent to Daley. British Olympic Association spokesperson Darryl Seibel said "highly offensive and altogether unacceptable tweets" were sent to Daley after he missed a medal in the 10m synchronized platform competition Monday with teammate Peter Waterfield. Seibel said the team "immediately" contacted Twitter's management who removed the messages "very, very quickly." The first tweet told Daley that he had let his dad down with his performance, and a later tweet threatened to drown Daley. Daley's father died of brain cancer a year ago (AP, 7/31). The PA reported Daley Monday night "angrily hit out after being targeted by a Twitter troll." The first tweet read: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." Daley responded by tweeting: "After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this..." (PA, 7/30). The AP noted that "later the tweets became more aggressive." The second tweet read: "I'm going to find you and I'm going to drown you in the pool..." Subsequent tweets, "spiked with profanity, also take aim at the media and other Twitter users who criticized his posts" (AP, 7/31). In London, O'Neill & Booth noted Tuesday Daley and his coaches were "considering whether to take a break from Twitter altogether during competitions." BOA Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said that the "furore proved" that Daley -- who received 50,000 tweets on the day of the Opening Ceremony -- "needed to make a decision over his use of the social network website. Hunt said that Daley "would be advised to keep off Twitter" two days before he competes in individuals on Aug. 10. Hunt: "Everyone knows if you use social media extensively, you have to accept you get bad as well as good. Sometimes bad is wholly unacceptable, as we experienced last night" (LONDON TIMES, 7/31)