British Blogger Serves Court Order Via Twitter

Lora Bentley

Recommind's Craig Carpenter told IT Business Edge not long ago that it wouldn't be long before someone sued over something posted on Facebook or Twitter, but it hadn't yet occurred to me that court papers could or would be served via the microblogging service.


But that's exactly what happened. According to BBC News, Britain's High Court is allowing blogger Donal Blaney, who writes "Blaney's Blarney," to serve an anonymous Twitter user with a court order via Twitter. It seems the anonymous Twitter-er (maybe anonymous Twit is more appropriate?) has been posing as Blaney and posting comments and other material that the blogger sees as "mildly objectionable" at best. He convinced the court to allow him to serve the injunction via Twitter rather than asking the company to determine the identity of the anonymous user.


As solicitor Danvers Baillieu, a technology specialist, told the BBC, "The rules already allow for electronic service of some documents, so that they can be sent by e-mail, and it should also be possible to use social networks."


I can't wait to see what's next.

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