Twitter Users Violating Privacy Laws Can Be Sued

June 6, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. disclose (v.) –to make something known; to tell others something that is hidden
Example: People are advised not to disclose personal information online.

2. privacy (n.) – the situation when one’s life is free from other people’s view
Example: Most celebrities do not enjoy privacy in their lives because of the media.
3. injunction (n.) – a legal order that requires a person or group of persons to do something or refrain from doing something
Example: The politician filed an injunction to stop journalists from writing bad things about him.

4. turn in (idiom) – to give or submit something
Example: The student turned in his project late so it was not accepted by the professor.

5. misconduct (n.) – a wrong action; a misbehavior
Example: Misconduct in the company should be discussed immediately.

Read the text below.

Tony Wang, the new manager of Twitter in Europe, said in a recent conference that Twitter will disclose users’ information if they violate privacy laws.

Wang said this is in connection to a recent incident wherein despite an existing injunction some users still revealed some information accusing the British footballer Ryan Giggs of having an affair. British lawyers are now asking Twitter for the information of the said users.

Wang said turning in the users’ information does not mean defending the person who does bad things. What they intend to do is to protect that person’s right to defend himself. He added that after revealing the users’ information to the court, they will no longer be involved in the case.

Some delegates in the conference disagreed that users’ information should be disclosed if they say anything about a person who commits misconduct.  Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, thought that doing so would be the same as covering up the misdeeds.


Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What are some of the things that people should not talk about on the Internet?
·         In your opinion, how can privacy be protected on the Internet?

Discussion B

·         If you know a person who commits misconduct, would you expose him/her on the Internet? Why or why not?
·         How can the Internet be used to lessen crime, misconduct and other illegal activities?

June 6, 2011