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Soccer Player Suing Twitter And Its Users

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Ryan Giggs

We don't see this going anywhere, but a European football player is suing social media for exposing his affair!

Although it is not known which player is behind the lawsuit against "Twitter inc and persons unknown", most are assuming it is Manchester United player Ryan Giggs, considering the tweet in question mentions his name.

Earlier this month, a Twitter account under the name @injunctionsuper began naming British celebs participating in affairs that hadn't emerged in the press previously because of British gag law known as "superinjunctions". One such tweet read:

"Footballer Ryan Giggs had an extramarital affair with Big Brother star Imogen Thomas which lasted for 7 months."

The lawsuit describes the "persons unknown" as those "responsible for the publication of information on the Twitter accounts".

That may be THOUSANDS because the twitter account in question has nearly 100,000 followers!

Does this lawsuit stand a chance in court?

Mark Stephens, a senior media lawyer, doesn't think so, saying:

"This is not only scraping the bottom of the barrel, this is beneath the barrel. This [injunction] information is already available on servers outside of this jurisdiction and on website outside this jurisdiction."

However, the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, seems to think Twitter and its users should be held responsible. He remarked that "modern technology was totally out of control" and those who "peddle lies" on the internet should be fined.

If this "mystery man" is going to such great lengths to erase these "lies" from a twitter account, instead of just shrugging them off as internet gossip, maybe these tweets have some truth to them.

We're curious to see if this case will somehow effect the internet and social networking community or just go down as one of the most ridiculous lawsuits ever filed.

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