Social Media has been known for a place where you can express yourself freely and say what is on your mind. More and more we are seeing how certain governments are controlling what people can say on these social media platforms and in some cases you can get sued or even arrested. A Libel case in Britain involving Twitter is a prime example of what can happen for expressing yourself on Twitter. BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation, made a report about sexual abuse of a child linking former Conservative Party official Alistair McAlpine. While BBC did not mention the officials name readers were able to make assumptions that it was Mr. McAlpine and started posting this on twitter.
Mr. McAlpine accused BBC and many others of libel. BBC made a settlement agreement but other twitter users that made comments about the official and had over 500 followers are facing libel claims as well. Users with less than 500 followers will not be part of the claim if they write and sign some documents apologizing to Mr. McAlpine. It seems as these types of comments are taken more seriously in some countries than others. This strict control of what you say on social media might discourage some users from posting.
Do you think it is fair that people are being sued for tweets and re-tweets? If social media is so heavily controlled wouldn’t it discourage users, therefore losing its popularity?