You Are What You Tweet

What do you tweet? What you had for lunch? What you think of the X Factor? Or the name of a suspected paedophile?

Once upon a time Twitter was used to follow celebrities’ every move or to rant about subjects deemed too trivial to qualify a Facebook status. Now the website’s user-base has stretched beyond the limits of bored teenagers, turning it into a serious journalistic tool. So does this mean that the rules of the newsroom now need apply to tweets?

The relation between media law and Twitter has been a controversial topic since its inception in 2006. Now that the Leveson Inquiry is underway, the social media site may finally have to stop acting the petulant teenager and take some responsibility for its content. As the Guardian (@guardian) succinctly tweeted: “one Twitter click- and it’s so easy to destroy someone’s world.” Continue reading