Tweets and Defamation
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24 May 2013
Tweet away but don’t be stupid
“Sally Bercow may have agreed to pay a settlement to Lord
McAlpine, but the high court has ensured the British tweeting public
will be paying in fun, irony and innuendo forever”
A quote from Patrick Strudwick from the Guardian- but is he
right and can you still have fun on Twitter?
Well yes of course you still can. I think Patrick is reacting
too soon and is OTT. Where Bercow went wrong of course was a) to Tweet
probably in the early hours of the morning, b) perhaps the worse for
wear and c) perhaps feeling how brilliantly witty she was ( well we’ve
all done it)!
But you don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to know that where
someone is accused of committing a serious criminal offence ( one of
the worst) which is so serious for the accused then its
probably wise to just “shurrup” until as such time as you can
Tweet what you want. This means once due process has taken place and
the accused is found guilty.
I mean you are not going to get Gary Glitter or Stuart Hall
seeking redress from the courts for any Tweets made. However would
Lance Armstrong, or Maxwell have used Titter to stop witty comments or
innuendo, well probably, but it still does not rule out applying some
common sense to what you tweet or say online.
Finally the fact that a deal could not be reached ( it has
now) underlines just how silly people can be in seeking to defend a
defamatory claim when a settlement however unpalatable is staring you
straight in the face. Always settle wherever you can.
by Michael Coyle
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-06-05 08:10:20 in Legal Articles