Twitter users: a guide to the law

Following reports that Twitter users face being charged with contempt of court for tweeting alleged photos of Jon Venables, the BBC has published a useful guide to the law for social media users.

One of the most interesting points is the lack of understanding of the law: of seven men and two women fined by Welsh magistrates in 2012 for naming a rape victim, all nine said that they did not realise they had broken the law by naming her.  Of course, the law applies as much online as it does in the real world and it is increasingly harder to hide behind anonymous postings or find safety in large crowds of postings.

For advice on media law, contact Graeme Fearon.

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