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.

8 comments

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by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012 at 9:25 am. Reply #

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by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm. Reply #

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by Alistair Rae on November 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm. Reply #

This is arguably close to “reductio ad absurdum”.

Bringing you back down to earth with a bump, the PCC code of practice has been universally accepted. Why is carrying out that code under a body or bodies set up by the press, with validation by law and Ofcom or appropriate body oversight, an attack on press freedom? The code remains the same, it just gets implemented properly.

And how on earth are those crazy Finns managing to maintain the freeest press in the world (World Press Freedom Index) while passing a law eight years ago which put the freedom of their press on a statutory basis?

And how come we haven’t had a peep out of the Mail, Telegraph, Sun etc about a similar system that exists for their newspapers in Ireland?

by Paul Walter on November 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm. Reply #

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by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm. Reply #

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by HouseofTwitsLib on November 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm. Reply #

New from me > Lib Dems to back independent regulator for Twitter users underpinned by statute http://t.co/aJPnA37i

by Louise Shaw on December 1, 2012 at 9:46 am. Reply #

Private Eye is not a member of the PCC and does perfectly well at not hacking phones or anything else illegal. Hislop has also come out against regulation so I expect much cognitive dissonance amongst Lib Dems unsure whether to support the Eye or the Guardian.

by Louise Shaw on December 1, 2012 at 9:52 am. Reply #

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