Outraged Twitter users have spoken out in support of Paul Chambers, following a failed appeal against his conviction of “menace” for a tweet made in jest.
Chambers originally tweeted: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!" as a joke but has since lost his job and been fined £1,000 for the tweet.
Since the verdict the hashtag #twitterjoketrial has been trending worldwide, in which twitterers both famous and non-famous have rallied in support of Chambers.
Twitter superstar Stephen Fry yesterday tweeted Chambers reiterating his support, saying: “The Offer Still Stands. Whatever they fine you, I’ll pay.” Other famous users also spoke out, with David Mitchell describing the fine as "punishment for flippancy" and Dara O’Briain calling it "ludicrous".
Users have also set up a donation fund to help Chambers to pay his legal costs, which according to Techwatch received £2,000 worth of donations in less than an hour.
Twitterers have also started reposting the offending tweet with the hashtag #iamspartacus as a sign of solidarity and protest.