Twitter revelation could help Ryan Giggs
I know we have only briefly skirted around this issue in South Tyneside in the pages of this blog, but I fear that the jubilatory tweets of one of our South Shields councillors may be a little misplaced. His campaign to gain wider publicity for his argument may be gaining ground but the “spin” imparted by respected journalists appears to give the story a new twist.
Following news released in the past week that Twitter (certainly its European division) would be complying with legal based requests for user information, there must have been thousands of concerned users who tweeted Ryan Giggs name, taking a sharp intake of breath. Giggs lawyers may now see a way of gaining some information about who leaked his name on Twitter.
Tony Wang, the company’s head of European operations, warned last week that it would not seek to protect users’ confidential information when legally required to hand it over.
He said the most the company could do was to inform users before it released their details, to give them a chance to challenge the rulings in court.
Both news outlets tie the two stories together linking the Ryan Giggs mass disobedience issue with the Monkey business here in South Tyneside, in one fell swoop/spin the alleged owners of the five Twitter accounts involved here have been tarnished with the broad brush of law breaking or contempt of court, whilst the plaintiffs are made to look like the good guys.