Couple Blocked From Entering United States After One Single Tweet; Gets Jailedby Zak On January 31st, 2012
Twitter were recently scrutinized due to their announcement of being able to censor tweets in particular countries, but this recent action from the US is far more worthy of scrutiny. Two friends who were due to become tourists when they planned to visit the United States were blocked from the entering the region to a single tweet from one of the individuals.
Leigh Van Bryan had wrote on Twitter weeks before his trip to the US that he was going to “destroy America”. However, as one would have presumed, Bryan’s tweet was meant to be a way of saying how he’s due to have a good time. The United States, meanwhile, didn’t find it being made in a positive tone and the pair were consequently sent home.
Bryan and friend Emily Bunting (via TheSun) arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport but due to US special agents being exposed to the tweet, they were questioned for five hours before being put into an illegal immigrants van and were then subsequently put behind bars separately from each other for 12 hours. Bryan was also questioned regarding a tweet which jokingly said that he’d be “digging up Marilyn Monroe”.
The tweet which the United States believed Bryan was a terrorist was due to the following message posted by him on the social networking site:
Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America
Emily, meanwhile, stated:
Officials told us we were not allowed into the country because of Leigh’s tweets. We just wanted to have a good time on holiday. That was all Leigh meant in his tweets.