Twitter toys with superinjuction celebs

Twitter users have been distributing the names of celebrities and athletes who have taken out superinjuctions, designed to protect private information from leaking out into the public domain.

Among those accused of taking out a superinjunction is Jemima Khan, the socialite who leapt to the defence of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, and who has built a reputation on championing free speech. She denied allegations of an affair with Jeremy Clarkson through her own Twitter account.

The names leaked on the service appear to have been deleted by a reluctant Twitter, which claims that it “strives not to remove tweets on the basis of their content”.

It’s the second recent act of defiance by internet users, after a variety of  individuals’ Wikipedia articles were rewritten to include details of superinjuctions they had allegedly acquired.

The events have put more pressure on the government to introduce a policy to police the distribution of the superinjunction – which can be handed out at a judge’s discretion and stop the media from not only reporting what the injunction concerns, but whether an injunction has been granted at all.

Later this month a committee is expected to issue a list of recommendations to the government suggesting procedural change, but that is unlikely to include any policy alterations.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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