UK gets its first Twitter libel… will the floodgates open?

A week after Courtney Love paid a massive settlement to avoid a Twitter libel court case, Britain has jumped on the bandwagon.

A Welsh councillor has been ordered to pay damages for comments made on the social network – and will also make amends with an apologetic tweet.

It lays down a precedent for future cases in the UK. Colin Eisbury, a Plaid Cymru politician from Caerphilly, will have to pay out £3,000 in damages plus costs after wrongly claiming/tweeting that independent councillor Eddie Talbot had been removed from a polling station by police during a by-election in 2009.

Talbot’s solicitor said the comments damaged his client’s reputation, and predicted that the ruling could open the floodgates for further Twitter libels.

(Source: Press Gazette)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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