Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Ian Brown, station officer of the Coastguard in Swanage was been having a few problems last week.

It turns out that an impostor, styling themselves as Swanage Coastguard, had opened a Twitter account and was posting defamatory, racist, homophobic and slanderous comments about members of the Coastguard and, I am led to believe, the Lifeboat crew. Now, bit of me thinks this is funny, however, not having seen the content I'm not really in a position to comment. However, it does remind one that anything written on the Internet which is public and criminal could essentially be used as evidence against you in a court of law.

It would seem that Ian has informed Dorset police about the contents of the Tweets and has asked them to investigate. It will be interesting to see what happens. It would certainly be worth this person remembering in future that nothing on the Internet is 'Anonymous' and that the same laws apply here as they do anywhere else in the media.


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