Does Twitter make super-injunctions redundant?


Is it really worth celebrities spending thousands of pounds on locking down media coverage of their affairs and three-in-a-bed romps when anyone with an internet browser can find out what’s going on on Twitter?

Super-injunctions – gagging orders which prevent the media reporting on an event and then prevent them reporting that the gagging order exists – have prompted a wave of criticism about censorship, and how people with money can pay for privacy where others can’t.

However, is there really much point to all the money being spent on legal fees? when the average punter can just go onto the Twitter home page, search for “super-injunction” and get a pretty clear idea of all the celebs involved… if not the juicy details.

It’s not like the law doesn’t apply on Twitter – people have been prosecuted for what they write there – but it certainly doesn’t apply very much. And it’s incredibly unlikely that the average celeb would decide to sue 4000 random people on Twitter, who probably don’t have much money to be sued for, and may not live in the same country as the super injunction in the first place.

Blogs or websites could be caught under the injunctions, especially if they are based in Britain, but Twitter seems to get away with it. Oblique jokes hinting at who has taken out a superinjunction are circulating on the social network, which we refrain from publishing here.

Here are some we can:

@ MrsStephenFry Mrs Stephen Fry
LATEST: Person K and Person W take out super-injunction against the media. BBC lines up 24 hr Sound Of Music Friday

@ DavidGFerguson David Ferguson
how much would it cost to get a super injunction out to get everyone to shut the fuck up about this wedding

Wikipedia briefly got in trouble after users updated the entries of the celebrities who have taken out the super-injunctions with info about them, but the references were swiftly removed by Wikipedia staff.

Anna Leach


  • Nearly one million people use Twitter. That is almost negligible for a US website but guess how many people work in IT in California? Nearly a million. So how many “normal” people do you think use Twitter?

  • I’ve avoided Twitter because I don’t want to be *that* connected. I know that it might be “useful” on some level, but so would joining clubs, taking classes, reading great books, working for non-profit civic organizations, and spending time with family. Everyone should set their own priorities, and define some limits.

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