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Codebreaker

British law vs. Whole internet via Twitter

John Moe May 23, 2011


A British athlete involved in a salacious scandal was awarded an injunction by a British court that prevented his name from being identified, the story reported on, or even recognizing the injunction existed.
This was no mere injunction, it was a SUPER injunction. Seriously, that’s what they call it: super-injunction. It’s a legal maneuver that is controversial in Britain, seeing as how it subverts not only freedom of the press but reality itself kinda. But on Twitter, life just doesn’t abide by British injunctions and tens of thousands of Twitterers have reported the guy’s name as a protest. Should Twitter be subject to British laws? Twitter is opening a London office soon but they say they’re committed to defending users’ rights to free speech.

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