‘Trial by Twitter’ Talking Point Now in Full Swing…

Peer’s revenge over Twitter slurs: McAlpine will sue internet gossips 

  • Tory peer ‘terrified’ by BBC’s false implication that he abused children
  • Terms of the agreement will be announced in court in a few days’ time
  • And lawyers will sue ANYONE who named him on Twitter

Mail Online

Lord McAlpine is taking landmark legal action against internet gossips who falsely branded him a paedophile. Lawyers for the Tory peer warned Twitter users ‘we know who you are’ and urged them to come forward voluntarily or face being pursued through the courts. His action is intended to stop so-called ‘trial by Twitter’ and, if successful, could radically change the way the internet is policed and make those using social networks more directly accountable for defamatory comments. Lord McAlpine, the former Tory party treasurer wrongly accused of being a child abuser following a botched Newsnight report, yesterday agreed a £185,000 compensation settlement with the BBC – funded by licence-payers. Read more

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