In a report about tackling online issues like bullying and revenge porn, the Lords tentatively advised that web services should demand real names at sign-up, even if they then allow usage to be anonymous or pseudonymous.
Singer Courtney Love won a closely-watched court case that raised questions about how libel law should be interpreted when it comes to the free-wheeling world of Twitter.
When can you sue someone for what they say on Twitter? A court case scheduled for January could establish a precedent — and clip some of Twitter’s free-wheeling ways.
Should Twitter users be held in contempt of court if they retweet information about a sensitive court case? The UK government is reminding them of the risk.
People retweet lies and errors on Twitter all the time. Are there special cases where they should be punished for doing so? That’s what happened in the UK, raising questions again about how to regulate speech on not just Twitter, but other sites where you can slander with a single click.
Asiana Airlines says it will sue a TV station over a racist gaffe that allegedly injured its reputation; a media law expert says the suit will fail.
For centuries, some insults have been considered so offensive that a plaintiff didn’t have to prove harm in a defamation lawsuit. Someone who falsely reports that a woman who is unchaste, for instance, is automatically liable in most courts.
Italian bloggers are up in arms after ministers secretly resurrected their attempts to introduce a new law that could see them fined thousands of Euros for not responding quickly enough to request for corrections — an approach dubbed the “blog killer” by critics.
Social media sites like Facebook have been criticized as catering to users’ own deluded senses of self-importance, but a current lawsuit against Facebook might prove social media users are important. Within circles of friends, in fact, users might be considered celebrities–which has big legal implications.
In his self-published book The Attempted Murder of God: Hidden Science You Really Need to Know, British entrepreneur Chris McGrath set out t…