20 Tweeters Sued For Libel

During the broadcast of BBC’s Newsnight earlier this month, the network erroneously accused a “leading Tory politician” of child molestation. After users on social media amplified the false information and incorrectly identified the mystery man as Alistair McAlpine, the former Conservative Party treasurer is now seeking legal recourse.

The Economist offers some background and the Guardian reports on the 20 influential Twitter users who are being sued by Mr. McAlpine.

Interestingly, those who tweeted defamatory remarks about Mr. McAlpine but who have fewer than 500 followers were offered the option of making a charitable donation to avoid legal challenges.

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