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McAlpine Letting Some Libelous Tweeters Off The Hook

Understand, tweople – libel is never a good idea. But it seems some Twitterers with less than 500 followers have less to worry about, in this case at least.

Lord McAlpine, the UK politician who planned to sue 10,000 Twitter users for tweeting and retweeting libelous claims about him, has decided not to pursue charges against those with less significant followings on Twitter. But he does still want something from them – and his request seems pretty reasonable, considering.

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UK Politician Lord McAlpine To Sue 10,000 Twitter Users In Historic Lawsuit

It’s already been well established that you can be sued for what you tweet. But a UK politician is taking this logic to the extreme and suing over 10,000 Twitter users for tweeting and retweeting libelous claims that he was involved in a sex abuse scandal. If the lawsuit hits the courts, it will be the largest in UK history in terms of the number of defendants.
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Trial By Twitter: Is Calling Someone A Pedophile Going Too Far?

Everyone knows pedophiles are horrible people – and Anonymous did an excellent job of ‘outing’ some of them not too long ago.

But unless you are 100% sure that someone deserves this label, tossing the word around is not only horribly mean, it can lead to defamation charges – as some folks in the UK are apparently about to find out.

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