Libel Case That Snared BBC Widens to Twitter
Posted: 11/26/2012 | By: Eric Pfanner | New York Times
PARIS — The Internet, it is sometimes said, turns every citizen into a journalist. If that is the case, some Twitter users in Britain are discovering one of the downsides of the business.
As many as 10,000 Twitter users reportedly face the threat of legal
action because of comments posted on the Internet or forwarded to others
in which they referred to a BBC
report wrongly linking a former Conservative Party official to the
sexual abuse of a child. The official, Alistair McAlpine, was not named
in the Nov. 2 BBC report, but enough clues were provided that Twitter
users were able to identify him — which they did, in great numbers.