Tweeting about UKIP: political expression and the Cambridge police – Tamsin Allen

15 05 2014

Cambridge NewsVictims of crime in Cambridge might have been surprised to read that two officers from the Cambridgeshire police force recently visited a person who had not committed any crime, at the behest of a political party who did not like what he had tweeted, and asked him to remove his tweet.  Happily, the tweeter in question (@MichaelAbberton) was concerned enough to contact the media, outrage has ensued and Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire has accepted that police attendance was not required.  Read the rest of this entry »





Terror on Twitter – Jonathan McCully

29 04 2014

TwitterThreatening to commit a terrorist act on a major US Airline is not the best use of social media in the 21st Century. Nevertheless, on 13 April 2014 @QueenDemetriax tweeted; Read the rest of this entry »





News: Twitter banned in Turkey, users fight back, government extends block

23 03 2014

ErdoganOn Thursday 20 March 2014, the Turkish telecommunications regulator blocked access to Twitter.  Users were redirected to a statement by theregulator, referring to court ordera to apply “protection measures” on the website (see the end of this post). Read the rest of this entry »





Teacher defamation highlights social media’s legal perils – David Rolph

10 03 2014

Social MediaLast November, a young man was ordered by a NSW court to pay A$105,000 in damages for defaming a teacher at his former school on Twitter. The decision, which only came to light earlier this week, should serve as a reminder to all users of the legal risks involved in using social media. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Mickle v Farley, $105,000 awarded for defamatory tweets and Facebook posts – Patrick George

7 03 2014

gazetteA former NSW schoolboy who posted abusive and defamatory statements on Twitter and Facebook about a teacher at his school ordered to pay $105,000 damages … NSW District Court Judge Michael Elkaim found “the effect of the publication on the plaintiff was devastating” … Patrick George reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Amber Warnings: Don’t be socially awkward – Amber Melville-Brown

1 03 2014

AMB-imageThere are three legal weapons that you may find in your armoury to protect you against attacks from others in the online environment.  These are weapons which you may find turned on you. They are the laws of defamation, privacy and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Love Twitter: US and UK Style – Amber Melville-Brown

18 02 2014

courtney-loveCourtney Love has successfully defended her former lawyer’s US Twitter libel claim – ‘Twibel’ as it been labelled by media and on social media. The case has been lauded as breaking new ground in defining the nexus of social media and defamation. Read the rest of this entry »








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