Podcast: Ryan Giggs, super-injunctions, and censoring Twitter

Summary:Podcast: With Zack Whittaker, explaining the super-injunction row implicating soccer player Ryan Giggs, Twitter censoring itself, and its move to London.

This podcast, recorded earlier this morning, explains the Twitter row over super-injunctions in its entirety.

The super-injunction row that continues on, with names of alleged soccer players and ex-Big Brother contestants, among many other celebrities' names flying around the micro-blogging website, could bring Twitter's closer to legal implications when it brings an office to London later this year.

MP John Hemming only within minutes of this post going live, named the subject of the super-injunction in the House of Commons, as footballer Ryan Giggs ('CTB').

In this podcast:

  • A run-down of super-injunctions and how they work;
  • Super-injunctions in practice -- the 'soccer player example';
  • Questions regarding the possibility that Twitter is censoring 'trending topics' to prevent name disclosure;
  • Examining Twitter's involvement in controversy and their track record of advocating freedom of speech and defying gagging orders;
  • The consequences of 'retweeting' and the implications on US citizens;
  • Twitter's move to London and the implications on UK 'subpoenas';
  • Many super-injunction questions answered.

Questions and answers: if you have any questions on super-injunctions, how they work, why they even exist or anything else for that matter, ping a comment below this post.

In slightly lighter news, Twitter has been searching for a European headquarters for months, settling on London as reportedly first choice.

But even amid the super-injunction row, the Financial Times reports that Twitter will still be making its way across the pond to London regardless.

It is not yet clear whether Twitter's London office will form part of the East London 'Tech City' as announced by the UK coalition government late last year.

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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