The primary lesson from Friday’s libel ruling in the case between Jack Monroe and Katie Hopkins is clear: be careful what you tweet. A further lesson is perhaps even clearer: when you know you have made a mistake, ‘fess up and be done with it. Alternatively, just avoid using social media altogether; Twitter ye not.
Will these lessons be learned though? The fact is, we already knew that a tweet could be considered by the courts to be libellous. In 2013 the Conservative Peer Lord McAlpine successfully sued Sally Bercow over a tweet which was held