The Latest Twitter Abuse Scandal – My Opinion!


So a number of people have been abused wrongly in my opinion on the Twitter website. I do feel for them. They should not have had to endure this. Simple. I do hope that in time these women are able to move on from this chapter in their lives. I have been in the technology trade since 1995 and have owned and operated a large number of websites since then. I have owned and operated a number of sites that are open to members to post both opinion and fact amongst other things. People posting libelous statements and making defamatory posts on internet boards is nothing new. It has been going on since the internet was invented. I have always recognised that I have a duty of care to members of my websites. There have been a also been a number of high profile court cases around defamation and libelous posting on internet boards. I proactively moderate my sites and take a robust no nonsense “moderate first and think later” approach to protect members and subscribers some of whom pay money to use these sites. Whilst I am proactive I am amazed at the lack of proactivity from other operators. I note that UK MD of Twitter has apologised to the women in question and rightly so. My big question is why were they not doing more sooner? This is not a new problem. It is a problem that will never go away. I have been dealing with it since 1995. There is no silver bullet option. Bottom line. The Courts have already stated countless times that website owners and operators have a duty of care towards members and subscribers and in certain cases are meant to shield their members from such abuse. Simple all work to together to sort this mess out.  

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