U.K. "super-injunction" sparks Twitter free-speech fight

05/23/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Twitter is ablaze with lurid rumors of an affair between a British soccer player and a reality-TV star -- and the gossip could have sweeping consequences for privacy and free speech on social networks. U.K. courts issued a "super-injunction" barring media outlets from discussing the case or revealing the existence of the court order, and demanded that Twitter reveal the identities of thousands of users who posted tweets naming the player involved. Twitter hasn't responded to the order, which analysts say will serve as a key test of the social network's ability to balance foreign legal obligations with its users' privacy rights.

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