May 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM CDT - Updated June 23 at 11:27 PM
Canadian Twitter users defied an official ban on posting federal election results before all the polls closed Monday night.
They ran the risk of a hefty fine 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 before polls close there. The tweets, many of which carried the hashtag #tweettheresults, were visible to everyone, even those without a Twitter account themselves.