Tweets, Terroristic Threats and “True Threats” – Susan Brenner

8 03 2015

AutothermosFor reasons we will get to in a moment, the State of Missouri charged Robert Metzinger with “making a terroristic threat under [Missouri Revised Statutes] § 574.115(4).”  State v. Metzinger, 2015 WL 790463 (Missouri Court of Appeals 2015). Section 574.115(4) makes it a “class A misdemeanor” to Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media ‘faux pas’: there’s only one ‘tweeting’ winner – Peter Coe

6 11 2014

Twitter LibelSocial media is a double-edged sword. On the one side it enables individuals to circumvent the traditional mass media, converging audience and producer to create millions of ‘publishers’. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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