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Spain convicts woman for making threats against politicians on Twitter

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Threats made on social media are coming back to haunt those that make them in countries around the world. As reported by The New York Times, a 21-year-old woman named Alba González Camacho has been convicted in Spain of inciting terrorism using a social media network. The conviction comes after González Camacho was arrested for posting messages on Twitter calling for a left-leaning terrorist organization to kill politicians.

"I promise to tattoo myself with the face of the person who shoots [conservative Prime Minister Mariano] Rajoy in the neck," González Camacho reportedly posted on Twitter. She also implored the notorious terrorist organization know as the Grapo to return and assassinate politicians in the company. While the Grapo is considered to have lost most of its capabilities since killing more than 80 people in the late 70s and early 80s, the judge ruled that any glorification of terrorism was against the law — even if the group itself isn't currently believed to be a threat.

The conviction carries a one-year jail sentence, but González Camacho has no past criminal record and will avoid jail time under a plea agreement. "I never imagined something like that could happen to me because you find a lot of nonsense on the Internet, including worse than mine," she wrote to the Times in an email. "But it seems that here that the prosecution is only for those from one side — the Fascists can say whatever they want and nothing will ever happen to them." This conviction comes just a few weeks after a pair of men were sentenced to jail time in the UK for sending abusive messages and threats to journalist and activist Caroline Criado-Perez over Twitter.