Think Before You Tweet

As the BBC are pointing out, there has been a lot to celebrate on Twitter recently. However there have also been quite a few instances of tweeters (the French refer to us/them as “twittos”) getting it badly wrong. We should all know that “email is like a postcard”, but sometimes it seems that “Twitter is like a megaphone” might be as useful a reminder.

Pinsent-Masons have come up with a handy list of ten things not to do on Twitter (or any other form of publication) if you want to stay out of legal trouble. It’s perhaps not quite concise enough for a post-it stuck to your keyboard, but before you hit “send” it’s definitely worth thinking:

Is this: defamatory? harassing? malicious? menacing? deceptive? impersonating? threatening? personal/confidential? copied? branded?

If so, don’t…

By Andrew Cormack

I'm Chief Regulatory Advisor at Jisc, responsible for keeping an eye out for places where our ideas, services and products might raise regulatory issues. My aim is to fix either the product or service, or the regulation, before there's a painful bump!

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