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[liberationtech] Independent UK Critic of NBC has Twitter account suspended after network complains

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at gmail.com
Tue Jul 31 08:13:15 PDT 2012


Bernard,

Twitter's explanation was not that the statement was defamatory, but that
Adams had *posted private information*.  The email address he posted,
however, is not private: it is available on NBC.com.  That's the entire
case.

-Jillian

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:39 AM, Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb
<ei8fdb at ei8fdb.org>wrote:

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> (Slightly devil's advocate/contrarian POV)
>
> Interesting story, and Adams probably has a case but it never ceases to
> amaze me when people disconnect their "real world" brains from their
> "Internet" brains.
>
> I would be the first person to complain if someone's free-speech was taken
> away, however, if Adams has said anything defamatory in his Twitter stream,
> then he is still bound by "real world" laws.
>
> Just because I say something defamatory or libellous about person X on the
> Internet, doesn't mean that *IF* it's found that a "real-world" legal
> process cannot be executed.
>
> Most people using the Internet may not understand that, but I would have
> expected journalists to understand it.
>
> Is it illegal to suspend someones services for naming an executive of a
> media company for doing XYZ in the USA? I have no idea.
>
> If it is illegal, then people need to speak out against a ridiculously
> brain-dead law.
>
> If it is not illegal, people need to complain to Twitter for freedom of
> speech. Twitter need to rewind their equally brain-dead actions and
> apologise to the guy.
>
> Now, if he has said nothing "illegal" on Twitter, then IMHO, fire up the
> legal drones Guy. This I unfortunately have direct experience of. At this
> point it becomes (certainly in parts of Europe) a case of "who's got the
> bigger legal team".
>
> (My reasoning comes from Bruce Schneier's argument on laws specific to
> "cybercrimes". To paraphrase "Prosecution can be difficult in cyberspace.
> On one hand the crimes are the same.....The laws against certain practices,
> complete with criminal justice infrastructure to enforce them, are already
> in place....Fraud is fraud, whether it takes place over the US mail or the
> Internet.")
>
>
> On 31 Jul 2012, at 00:17, David Johnson wrote:
>
> >
> >
> http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--critic-of-nbc-has-twitter-account-suspended-after-network-complains.html
> >
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> Bernard / bluboxthief / ei8fdb
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