Lib Dems to back independent regulator for Twitter users underpinned by statute

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Well, why not?

After all, we’ve clearly seen in the last couple of years the potential for the Big Beasts of Twitter to trample on the lives of the innocent. Their thoughtless breaches of individuals’ rights and privacy have been RT-ed around the globe by their thousands of followers, causing hurt and devastation to many of the innocent. How could any of us look victims like Lord McAlpine in the face and suggest that self-regulation underpinned by statute isn’t necessary?

All we have to do — those of us who tweet — is get together and agree a voluntary code we can all sign up to. Shouldn’t be too hard, eh? We just have to agree to act responsibly. That’s just common sense, isn’t it? I don’t suppose there will be much room for disagreement about what that might mean to each of us. If there is, then of course it’s only right the government should step in and empower, say, Ofcom to regulate us.

Oh? That’s totally different, you say? Well, don’t worry, I’m sure the press will stick up for Twitter users when it’s our turn to make that case.