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Sally Bercow *innocent face* tweet ruled as libellous


By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

May 24, 2013 | 1 min read

The High Court has ruled that a tweet by Commons Speaker's wife, Sally Bercow, about Lord McAlpine was libellous.

On 7 December, McAlpine filed a formal libel complaint against Bercow for tweeting “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*”, following a Newsnight report suggesting that a politician from the Thatcher years had abused boys which led to McAlpine being falsely accused.

During the case, Sir Edward Garnier QC said that Bercow’s use of ‘*innocent face*’ was sarcastic and pointed a finger of blame.

Do you think this decision will make people more careful about what they post on Twitter?

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