Jun 192019
 June 19, 2019  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Online

Facebook and Twitter were ordered to appear in court after two teenage youths were identified on their platforms as the murderers of Ana Kriegel — despite a court order that they not be named.

As Eoin Reynolds and Laura Slattery report:

The order was made after it emerged that social media users had identified the 14-year-old boys despite an order by the trial judge preventing their being named and a provision under the Children Act that prohibits the identification of minors accused of or convicted of a criminal offence.

Read more on Irish Times.

Remember when other convicted murderers demanded that U.S. sites remove their names because they had been issued an order by a court protecting their identities? And remember how some of us said that we were not bound by what a court in Germany might decide and our First Amendment and press freedoms trumped (no pun intended) a non-U.S. court?

Well, that was a few years ago, and now it seems that platforms are making serious efforts to comply with non-U.S. laws — even if they directly conflict with our notion of a free press.


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