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Legal issues pertaining Twitter

Legal issues pertaining Twitter

Twitter and Privacy

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Twitter crimes

The intriguing question in today’s time is can there be crime using twitter?

The answer to the same is yes, there can be distinct crimes being committed using the platform of twitter. Effectively twitter is nothing but a computer platform consisting of computers, computer systems and computer networks which are used for the purposes of communicating ideas and expression of thoughts. Twitter could be made the platform for committing various kinds of white collar crimes including crimes like defamation, nuisance, harassment, stalking, mischief and many other crimes. At the present time, these crimes have not yet emerged in a manner that we anticipate. However as more and more usage of twitter takes place, it is but natural to expect that there will be more and more twitter crimes as we go long.

Twiter and law enforcement agencies

Law enforcement agencies across the world will be utilizing twitter for the purposes of tracking various potential and suspected criminals. They would be monitoring of twitter post by suspected criminals and would use the said posts and legal proceedings as time passes by. Already precedent in this regard has been created.

Twitter ethics

The use of twitter as legitimate micro-blogging platforms requires that twitters should adopt certain basic principles of twitter ethics. However some of principles pertaining to twitter ethics can be found evolving at the time of publishing the present website.

(Note: use Twitter however you want. These are just some serving suggestions.)

Use an avatar. It lets us know you’re possibly human.

If you’re using Twitter only as a link feed, consider marking your “bio” section with that, so people can decide.

If you don’t have much to say, it’s okay not to say it.

An @ message at the beginning of a post shows up in replies. Further in, it doesn’t.

It’s okay to promote yourself. Just consider promoting some other folks, too. Mix it up a bit.

You’re not obligated to friend everyone back. Some people use Twitter differently.

Removing someone as a Twitter friend doesn’t (necessarily) reflect on how you feel on them as a person. It’s okay.

Don’t let other people tell you how to use Twitter. (Get it?)

Above ethics taken from

Impersonation on Twitter

Lot of people using twitter, impersonate as others. Since the user names of twitter are made available on a first come first serve basis, without any prior checking or verification of any kind whatsoever, it is easy for any person to go ahead and take or effectively cyber squatting upon the twitter user name or twitter identity of any well known entity personality legal company association or organization. Further the said impostor could then misuse the said user name for the purposes of tweeting tweets which could show the said legal entity in a wrong or negative light by defaming or destroying its reputation.

Twitter does provide an effective way to prevent such imposter exercises. Processes and procedures in this regad need to evolve that should be the first priority. Incase if things are not resolved there, then the matter would need to be a escalated to relevant court of law in a competent jurisdiction.

Twibel [1]

“Twibel” combines the words “Twitter” and “libel,” and is shorthand for the online publication of a false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Twibel is not limited to statements on Twitter, but encompasses libellous statements published through all social media, blogs, and other online platforms. What makes Twibel different from traditional libel is how the Internet and social media have shattered obstacles to publication. Anyone – not just traditional news outlets – can instantly publish whatever statements they wish. And the potential audience may be as broad or narrow as the speaker chooses (based on whether the content is publicly available or limited to the speaker’s “followers” or “friends”). The emergence of Twibel reminds us how technology has radically changed the way people share and consume information.

[1] Hajir Ardebili, ‘Twibel Hits the Courts: Defamation and the Internet’ (Corporate Counsel Business Journal, 19 November 2019) <>