The Guardian adds that he was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act of 1988, which "makes it an offence to send an electronic communication which conveys a message that is grossly offensive, but only if the sender's purpose is to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or anyone else to whom he intends to communicate it."
He could face up to six months in prison or a hefty 5,000-pound fine. The discussion now is whether British authorities have gone too far. What do you think?
On a side note, Mark wrote about Twitter suspending and then reinstating the account of a journalist who criticized NBC's coverage of the Olympics. And our friend Bill, wrote about other social controversies over at The Torch, NPR's Olympics blog.
Update at 3:47 p.m. ET. Further Tweets:
The Huffington Post UK has been following this story closely. They report that @Rileyy_69, after trying to apologize, then threatened to drown Daley. @Rileyy_69 has since made his account private.
Update at 3:08 p.m. ET. Another Case:
There's at least one other case along these lines worth noting: As we told you back in March, a British student was sentenced to 56 days in jail for "posting racist tweets about a soccer player who collapsed on the pitch."