NET303 Policy Primer Twitter, Terms of Service Tweety’s Freedom Image Source Twitter bird: Goldenrail http://ipswhatsup.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/can-i-get-that-in-twitter.html
from Twitter Terms of Service, 2012 When you sign up for Twitter, you are explicitly warned that all content that you upload, including the up 140 character messages called Tweets, are solely your own Responsibility. By signing up you agree to these terms.
Spreading bad information about someone can be harmful to that person’s reputation. If this happens in a person-to- person environment it is slander. If it is done in public it is called DEFAMATION.Defamation is an offence punishable by law Image source Justitia http://morganguyton.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/applauding-rick-perrys-executions-retributive-justice/ Image source Arrest http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Arrest.svg&page=1
“What you say on Twitter may be viewed all around the world instantly" from Twitter Terms of Service, 2012 Tweet! The problem with making defamatory tweets on Twitter is that a simple message that is sent from a phone in a matter of seconds without too much thought, may potentially reach millions of people. Moreover, the messages are persistant, meaning that when a post is retweeted it cannot be retracted by the original sender. Image source: Joshua Daniels http://joshuadaniels.theworldrace.org/
Suing over Tweets There are more and more examples of cases where authors of posts on Twitter get in trouble with the law or settle out of court to avoid legal consequences Source Courtney Love story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/04/courtney-love-settles-430_n_831302.html Source Chris Cairns story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17512027 Source Tom Daley story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/tom-daley-twitter-police-olympic-diver_n_1722739.html
Suing Twitter And there are even those who sue Twitter for content uploaded and published through their services.
Twitter in their Terms of ServiceTwitter is never Liable simply state that: THE TWITTER ENTITIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR […] ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES
Twitter Twitter reserves the right to change the services as well as the Terms of Service without prior notice to you. YouBy accessing or using theServices you agree to bebound by the Terms of The agreementService. Image source http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/david-one-goliath-nil.html
You You may not use the Twitter service for the purpose of spamming anyone. Twitter Communications that Twitter considersimportant, you may not be able to opt-out from receiving. You agree that Twitter and itsAbout unsolicited content third party providers and partners may place advertising anywhere on the Services.
About copyright Twitter By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you You grant us a worldwide, non- exclusive, royalty-free licenseNothing in the Terms gives (with the right to sublicense)you a right to use the toTwitter name or any of the use, copy, reproduce, process,Twitter trademarks, logos,domain names, and other adapt, modify, publish, transmdistinctive brand features. it, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed)
And so you see, according to Twitter’sTerms of Service, they have little to fearand much to gain. Most responsibility forcontent is the user’s and Twitter is freeto use this content anyway they see fit.
Image Sources (in order of appearance)Bird Cage, Pearson Scott Foresman, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cage_%28PSF%29.jpgTwitter Bird, Golderail, http://ipswhatsup.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/can-i-get-that-in-twitter.htmlPeople around the world, Joshua Daniels, http://joshuadaniels.theworldrace.org/Courtney Love story, A McCartney, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/04/courtney-love-settles-430_n_831302.htmlChris Cairns story, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17512027Tom Daley story, P Dodds, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/tom-daley-twitter-police-olympic-diver_n_1722739.htmlArrest, Abu Badali, http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Arrest.svg&page=1Lady Justitia, Morgan Guyton, http://morganguyton.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/applauding-rick-perrys-executions-retributive-justice/Sumo Wrestlers, Omega Constellation Collectors, http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/david-one-goliath-nil.html
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