25 million entries per day, the airport, the snow, the tweet and the subsequent court appearance…

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Lots of people have used the social networking site, Twitter.

On average there are reported to be somewhere in the region of 25 million “tweets” (entries) per day.

Paul Chambers, a trainee accountant in the UK made a tweet in January which resulted in him ending up in court this week after being charged with sending a menacing electronic communication. He ended up paying a fine and costs of £1,000.

Back in January of this year he was due to take a flight from Nottingham’s Robin Hood airport but the airport was closed due to snow.

He tweeted: “C**p! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!”

It’s debatable whether the conviction was an over-reaction by the authorities or whether Chambers deserved the fine. Either way, he was fired by his employers and has lost his job.

He’s a trainee accountant and it’s not clear what accounting qualification he’s studying for but does a conviction mean that he will be prevented from qualifying as an accountant? The answer is, “not necessarily”.

If for example, you look at the ACCA’s rules on misconduct then a conviction in itself doesn’t automatically mean that he would be prevented from becoming a member of ACCA. It would all depend on the particular facts of each case that is considered.

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