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British MPs likely to give 'gagging orders for Facebook, Twitter'

London, Sat, 31 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 25 (ANI): Gagging orders should be routinely served on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as newspapers, British lawmakers are expected to recommend next week.

The report from the joint Commons and Lords committee is also likely to say that Britain does not need a privacy law.

One recommendation from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions is expected to be that sites like Facebook and Twitter should be subject to injunctions, The Telegraph reports.

According to the paper, it will say that they will have to ensure that "courts are proactive" in pressuring social websites to take down libellous comments.

This would force the companies running the sites to police the content aggressively to watch out for potential libel.

The committee, which is chaired by John Whittingdale MP, is likely to say that major changes to the way that privacy injunctions are granted is not necessary.

One report has suggested it will say Ofcom should have regulatory oversight of a reformed Press Complaints Commission.

According to the report, it is speculated that the MPs and peers will suggest new rules to stop their colleagues from breaching terms of super-injunctions, unless there is a clear public interest. (ANI)

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