The fact that Lord McAlpine’s lawyers have said they will sue for defamation those who tweeted or retweeted the name of the former Conservative party treasurer in reference to the Newsnight allegations highlights the pitfalls of sharing such information on social media.
Richard Kendall, web and social media editor for the Peterborough Telegraph, has blogged about it.
He reminds journalists:
When you post online on social networks or blogs, you become a publisher and those publications “are subject to the same laws as those of professional publishers, such as newspapers”.
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