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Twitter is safer in America

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Published: 19 Nov 2012

Two men this week confronted unproven sexual accusations that may ruin their reputations.  The incidents, which took place on different sides of the Atlantic, raise questions about how the law should respond when social media wrongly labels someone a paedophile. They also showed why free speech laws are better in America. […] “The English law has been completely fixated on reputation and undervalued the public interest in free speech, and has been unwilling to protect the media against good-faith mistakes,” according to an email from Professor Stephen Scott, a constitutional law expert at McGill University. “This has not only been in the context of defamation, but in book/magazine, theatre and cinema/video censorship.”

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