The law has been broken many times on twitter due to what people tweet. Below are some examples of the law being broken.
The case: Twitter users name the victim of rape by footballer Ched Evans.
Various supporters of the footballer tweeted the name of the women who was a victim of Ched Evans. This broke the deformation law as it could of seriously harmed the women’s reputation. The people tweeted about her made it clear that they didn’t realise that naming the victim was breaking the law.
The case: Social media users circulate alleged pictures of child killer Jon Venables.
This breaks the ‘contempt of court’ law. It is always made clear that nobody’s identity should be made known throughout a case as it is very dangerous. Not revealing their identity also protects them from vigilante attacks and later allows them to start a fresh, new life under a new identity.
The case: Juror Joanne Fraill contacts defendant in trial by Facebook.
She exchanged messages back and forth with the defendant on facebook, This was a contempt of court as she is only supposed to make up her mind on the evidence presented to her only in court, not what they have seen in the media in order to have a fair trial.
The case: Paul Chambers joked on Twitter that he would blow up Robin Hood Airport.
He tweeted “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” after the airport was closed due to snow. He was convicted for Making “grossly offensive” comments under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
After we did this we had to look at tweets on twitter and use them to make a spread in a magazine. We were able to choose a topic that interested us and I chose to do the tweets on Christmas, positive and negative.