Anorak | Operation Yewtree: Tweeters make mockery of Lord McAlpine’s pain and Leveson’s Report

Operation Yewtree: Tweeters make mockery of Lord McAlpine’s pain and Leveson’s Report

by | 3rd, December 2012

ANDREW Reid, legal representative to smeared British Conservative treasurer Lord McAlpine, says of they who libelled his client on Twitter:

“”We have been inundated by the public who have wanted us to deal with this problem of Twitter, and have encouraged and in some cases have actually offered us funds… Let it be a lesson to everybody that trial by Twitter or trial by the internet is a very nasty way of hurting people unnecessarily and it will cost people a lot of money…”he public are fed up with it. We are being pushed and pushed to get on and actually end trial by Twitter.”

The Guardian’s   Paul Tweed responded:

“This action will no doubt create a degree of panic in the Twitter world at large, by highlighting the financial and other consequences of a thoughtless tweet. Online gossip is likely to be treated with more caution in the future.”

Lord McAlpine got redress. The tweeters who wanted bigot Emma West raped and murdered were not punished. Liam Stacey was jailed for his obnoxious an racist tweets. Twitter is not a bastion of free speech. It is a place where the mob narks report to the police things the State disapproves of but can allow other alleged crimes to go unreported. The police take racism seriously. Good. But why do they not sanction tweeters who call for a woman to be raped?

But has Twitter changed after McAlpine?

Let’s look at recent developments. As part of Operation Yewtree a man described as being in his 80s and resident in Berkshire has

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