Douglas Carswell

18 NOV 2012

Twitter and the law

Back in June I proposed a Bill to "provide bloggers and tweeters with some protection against being sued".

Why? I reasoned that the law on libel and slander had developed in an age when very few people ever published anything. Today, millions of people blog and tweet.  I feel that the law needs to reflect this.

To be clear, people absolutely do need protection from libel and slander.  But under my proposal, those who blogged and tweeted could have – in certain circumstances - a 48 hour period of grace before legal action could be taken.

Not many folk agreed with me back in June. I wonder if more do so today?

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