Should we all be getting the Twitter 'jitters'? – Be careful what you say online

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History is littered with examples of the law being slow to catch up with the use of technology. Social media is no exception. As our Socially Aware blog attests, countries around the world are having to think fast to apply legal norms to rapidly evolving communications technologies and practices.

Law enforcement authorities in the UK have not found the absence of a codified “social media law” to be a problem. They have applied a “horses for courses” approach and brought prosecutions or allowed claims under a range of different laws that were designed for other purposes. Of course, this presents problems to social media platform users, developers and providers who can be by no means certain which legal standards apply.

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