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Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case 127

Posted by timothy
from the phrase-your-subpoena-in-140-chars-or-less dept.
whoever57 writes "In a case that could have implications for the Ryan Giggs affair, Twitter revealed user details in response to a legal action filed in San Mateo county, CA by lawyers representing South Tyneside council. The alleged libel refers to critical comments made via Twitter. It is possible that one of the people making the critical comments is one of the council members."
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Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case

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  • Re:also, details (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DrgnDancer (137700) on Sunday May 29, 2011 @10:14AM (#36279214) Homepage

    I believe truth is a defense in in US libel cases, which is where the case is apparently being tried. According to the Journalism about.com article [about.com]: "Libel is by definition false. Anything that is provably true cannot be libelous. " I'll grant you that "about.com" is not he most reliable source ever, but I doubt they'd get this wrong. I realize that in the UK truth is not a Libel defense (which makes no sense to me at all, but no one asked me), but in California it almost certainly is.

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