It’s ironic isn’t it.

Newspaper journalist criticises a major corporation (NBC over their coverage of the Olympics) and their Twitter account is suspended.

Meanwhile other Twitter users can fall victim to abuse and bullying to levels where the police need to get involved, and nothing is done.

There is a freedom of speech issue here. Possibly. But freedom of speech doesn’t give you the right to abuse and bully people.

What to do about it? Well, I could probably fill you an hour of discussion about it. Suffice to say that social networking sites need to wake up and realise they are no longer back-bedroom cottage industries but multi-million pound enterprises with influence and power. And with influence and power comes responsibility. And with responsibility comes some form of ‘policing’ and custodianship of what goes on.

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