In what can be termed as landmark decision in legal history, the High Court has allowed an injunction to be served through the microblogging site Twitter on a case related to impersonation.
The case relates to a petition filed by Donal Blaney, a noted lawyer and conservative blogger, in which he alleged that a Twitter account by the name of ‘blaneysbarney’ was impersonating him.
The alleged impersonator has also been using Mr. Blaney’s photograph on the Twitter profile and has also posted several messages. The High Court order has asked the unknown impostor to reveal their identity and cease their activities on Twitter with immediate effect.
Expressing satisfaction on the decision of the court, Matthew Richardson, the barrister who won the injunction on behalf of Mr., Blaney mentioned in a statement “People have to learn that they can no longer hide behind the cloak of anonymity the internet provides and break the law with impunity," he said in a statement.
It is interesting to note that UK law does not require injunctions to be served in person and there are already instances of the same being delivered through email and fax.
The case is surely going to act as a precedent and one can expect similar decisions in near future where courts wake up to the potential of the internet.
We have yet to find out whether a writ can also be served on Facebook but that shouldn't be a problem. Let see whether others are going to follow the action of Mr Blaney and start serving writs and other legal documents to people over Twitter.