Twitter libel- can twitter tread the fine line between libel and censorship?Remember those far off days when everyone said anything on Twitter and you wondered how they got away with it?

A huge sprawling electronic pub debate Twitter managed to combine celeb gossip, opinion and genuine breaking news with causing the Arab Spring and blowing the lid off all kind of political issues. For the last couple of years distrust of the media and whatever media agenda have been operating has made the crazed discourse on twitter an unlikely source for many truths colliding with many lies out there.

Blamed for everything from libel to causing riots for Twitter those days could be over now in the wake of recent libel cases against the social network that have really shifted the goal posts. Are twitter’s teenage years over? will twitter now have to think about what it’s saying?

For a long time twitter has been like an international pub conversation with the sort of things that get said down the pub repeated and retweeted and amplified on line and all over the world. Can twitter tread the fine line between libel and censorship? Will you take more care with what you say on twitter? will you be more careful what you retweet? is this the end of twitter? or is twitter now improved by having to have a sense of responsibility?

In the meantime I’m going to look up what people have been saying about me on twitter and I will sue!

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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