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North East council backs South Tyneside in Twitter row.

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Landmark decision – Cllr. Tom Fox

“I’ve followed this with great interest and I think it’s a landmark decision and a very important case.

“Too many people are prepared to beaver away anonymously using a pseudonym and hide behind that.

“People do have the right to say things, but they have to be right, otherwise it can be very damaging.

“Anyone who is spreading misinformation and sometimes deliberate lies needs to be brought to account.”

Cllr. Tom Fox, Leader Scarborough Borough Council

South Shields and South Tyneside people deserve to be shown in a better light, the vast majority of us are better people than those who wrote the offending blog, I call upon local and regional news organisations to similarly back our council’s decision to seek information which may unmask the Monkey and allow others to pursue litigation against the rogue blogger. There are two sides to every coin.
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Written by curly

June 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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  1. Cllr Fox has discovered and now yourself that anyone who makes a positive supportive comment about STCs legal action are “attacked” by the usual suspects, who apparently have not read the blog or reflected upon its content and how they would deal with such an anonymous potentially malicious cyber attack upon themselves, friends or work colleagues, or who regard all councillors and spending decisions as suspect. Then there is the person who has heard of the “1993 Law Lords’ decision”, but not read the full judgement, nor appreciated that STC are not suing X, Y or Z for libel.


    June 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  2. Welcome news; moreso that Cllr Fox is Conservative Leader of Scarborough BC.
    It shows that the issue of anonymous and defamatory blogging, tweeting and twittering is capable of transcending the normal political divides.
    Thank you for flagging this up – and congratulations for going public about the Monkey blog. Well done!

    Michael Peel

    June 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    • There are two sides to every story, seems a shame not to here them both.


      June 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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