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Posts Tagged ‘@injunctionsuper’

Twitter Sees Record Traffic After Unknown Welsh Footballer Sues Following Super-Injunction Leak

Pop quiz: who’s cleaning up on the back of the super-injunction farce?

(a) Unknown Welsh professional football who plays for Manchester United
(b) Lawyers, or
(c) Twitter

Well, okay, the lawyers are always cleaning up, but the real winner in all of this super-injunction malarkey seems to be Twitter itself.

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Twitter, The British Press, Super Injunctions And The Freedom Of Tweets

Earlier in the month, we wrote about the exploits of an anonymous Twitter user that blew the whistle on a number of gagging orders – known as super-injunctions – that had been established in a court of law by various celebrities in the United Kingdom.

To date, it appears to be a one-time thing, as the profile hasn’t updated since it first tweeted on May 8. But while the revelations did contain some errors – thankfully, Jeremy Clarkson has not had any kind of intimate relationship with Jemima Khan – clearly there was a fair bit of factual accuracy in the tweets. And now, thanks to an ill-advised legal campaign by one of the outed stars, Twitter has been flung firmly into the limelight. And its denizens have responded in kind.

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Oh, The Scandal! Twitter User Blows Whistle On Alleged Celebrity Sexploits

Last month, BBC presenter and journalist Andrew Marr revealed that he took out a court-ordered super-injunction to suppress reports of an extra-marital affair to protect his family’s privacy.

This gagging order led to cries of hypocrisy from some quarters, with Private Eye editor Ian Hislop having challenged Marr’s injunction, which he took out in 2008, on two occasions. “As a leading BBC interviewer who is asking politicians about failures in judgment, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while working as an active journalist.”

Marr concurred and came forward, adding that he believed that celebrity injunctions were “running out of control”. Now, a new and anonymous account on Twitter has decided to take matters into its own hands and leak details on a number of these injunctions to all and sundry.

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