Super injunction debate: what does it mean for social media?

24th May 2011

Could it even lead politicians and judges from other countries to follow suit and try in rein in these sites? Will these sites see restrictions to their freedom of action or even disruption to their business strategies, just as they are looking to float?

As Techdirt reports here, UK judges have tried to extend their super-injunctions to cover social media and this does present the firms involved with an operational challenge, but it is probably  significant that to date, with a little help from British MPs, the judges have failed.

Here is the view from the New York Times.

The headline probably tells us a lot about US attitudes –  "Free Speech on Twitter faces test". It also gives an indication of the attitudes of Twitter's founders i.e. they want to censor as little as possible.

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