Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Cheating celebrities hiding behind injunctions named on Twitter

Cheating celebrities hiding behind injunctions were left reeling last night after their secrets were exposed by social networkers.

An internet campaign led by Twitter users is defying court gags to identify the stars, including the married footballer who has had an affair with Big ­Brother’s Imogen Thomas.

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Twitter had its highest ever day of Internet visits yesterday after the super scandal

A single tweeter with more than 42,000 followers claims to “out” famous figures using expensive super-injunctions to keep their disgraceful behaviour secret.

Facebook users have also set up a group dedicated to the subject.

Member Dyl Roberts said: “These people are in the public eye and make millions of pounds on the back of their stardom.

“It’s wrong they should be allowed to hide behind the law and it’s awesome that they are now being exposed. The whistleblowers deserve a medal.”

But there were fears some of the information being sent out online is false or riddled with errors.

Several celebs have already been wrongly named as having brought out injunctions.

Sports presenter Gabby Logan is at the centre of a false rumour she had a fling with soccer pundit Alan Shearer. The mum-of-two issued a fresh denial, tweeting: “I am not and never have.”

Jemima Khan has also been wrongly linked to an affair with Jeremy Clarkson. The socialite revealed yesterday she even had a message of support from the Top Gear star’s wife Frances.

She also got a text from Clarkson and wrote of the false rumours: “I hope the people who made this story up realise that my son will be bullied at school because of it. Plus I’m getting vile hate tweets.” The internet campaign comes as a group of MPs were preparing to launch a bid to change injunction laws. One, Lib Dem John Hemming, said: “There is a lot to learn from the USA where freedom of speech is enshrined in their constitution.

“Where the courts are trying to keep state secrets and Twitter is on the other end, Twitter will win.

“The problem with the current situation is that innocent people will suffer because media outlets which try to get things right are stopped from reporting.”

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This news has been the biggest even in twitter UK history, driving more traffic than recent anti-cut protests and the royal wedding.

You can track tweeting from the Old Bailey, where many super injunctions are issued. Or use our Facebook App


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has waded into the debate over super-injunctions, saying current privacy laws are a "human rights violation".

The online encyclopaedia has fallen foul of UK privacy law in recent weeks, with details about those using super-injunctions appearing on the site.

Mr Wales told the BBC that such information would be removed because it did not come from a reliable sourc

BBC News - Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales criticises injunctions

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