Twitter Users Defy Ban on Posting Canada Results

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) - Canadian Twitter users are defying an official ban on posting federal election results before all the polls close, running the risk of hefty fines if the government enforces the law.

The 73-year-old Elections Act bans reporting early results in order to prevent voters in the East from influencing choices in the West.

But even before polling stations closed in western Canada, results from eastern provinces were leaking out on Twitter.

The tweets - many of which carried the hashtag "tweettheresults" - were visible to everyone, regardless of whether or not they were on Twitter themselves.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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