Expanding tweets from 140 characters to 10,000? Not nearly radical enough – Christian Fuchs

9 01 2016

TweetingThere are as yet unconfirmed reports that Twitter plans to extend its 140 character limit to 10,000. But why would Twitter consider radically changing its most unique characteristic? Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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