The scandal over a BBC report featuring allegations of child abuse by a former Conservative politician has placed renewed scrutiny on the legal implications of comments posted on social media sites such as Twitter. Following the Newsnight broadcast earlier this month, former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine rapidly became the subject of a number of allegations on social media sites, despite the fact he was not named by the programme.
The BBC has settled with Lord McAlpine over a libel claim concerning allegations of child abuse made on the Newsnight programme which implicated the former Conservative politician. The damages amount...
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