Contempt of court: attorney general warns Twitter users on legal risks

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By Jo Joyce

These days, it seems as if every passing week brings with it a new story in the press about the legal risks of engaging with social media. We have heard much recently about the dangers of defamation on Twitter.

Earlier this year, Sally Bercow learned to her cost just how easy it can be to libel someone without explicitly accusing them of anything, after sharing a message about Lord McAlpine with her Twitter followers: ‘Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*’.

More troubling than the kind of damage to reputation that leads to civil litigation, is the kind that can land a person in prison…

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