There is much talk in the press right now about whether people who breach super injuctions on sites such as Twitter can be prosecuted or not. This worries me. A similar topic of discussion even came up at the e-G8 in France this week. I don’t know the details, but being a keen web user, I do worry when governments start discussing any form of censorship of forums for free speech online.
Twitter owners have already said that they would hand over details of their users if demanded to by the authorities. Despite the fact that you only need an email to register, the one thing that will play in the favour of Twitter users is the fact that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is the right to free speech. So, in America, there is no way of prosecuting people for this kind of thing. However, in the U.K. we don’t have that. The recent super injuction debate actually goes against it! I need to do some more reading up on the details of this issue. My main gripe is that super injunctions seem to have come about without anyone knowing and as a result they are going to try chase thousands of users because of one ‘dodgey’ individual.