Twitter (R)evolution: Privacy, free speech and disclosure

Lilian Edwards, Andrea Matwyshyn

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Abstract

Using Twitter as a case study, this paper sets forth the legal tensions faced by social networks that seek to defend privacy interests of users. Recent EC and UN initiatives have begun to suggest an increased role for corporations as protectors of human rights. But, as yet, binding rather than voluntary obligations of this kind under international human rights law seem either nonexistent or highly conflicted, and structural limitations to such a shift may currently exist under both US and UK law. Companies do not face decisions regarding disclosure in a vacuum, rather they face them constrained by existing obligations under (sometimes conflicting) legal demands. Yet, companies such as Twitter are well-positioned to be advocates for consumers' interests in these legal debates. Using several recent corporate disclosure decisions regarding user identity as illustration, this paper places questions of privacy, free speech and disclosure in broader legal context. More scholarship is needed on the mechanics of how online intermediaries, especially social media, manage their position as crucial speech platforms in democratic as well as less democratic regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWWW 2013 Companion - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web
Pages745-749
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: May 13 2013May 17 2013

Publication series

NameWWW 2013 Companion - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web

Other

Other22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013
CountryBrazil
CityRio de Janeiro
Period5/13/135/17/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Edwards, L., & Matwyshyn, A. (2013). Twitter (R)evolution: Privacy, free speech and disclosure. In WWW 2013 Companion - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web (pp. 745-749). (WWW 2013 Companion - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web).