Mistakenly accused of sexual abuse in stories, a British nobleman is now on a campaign to penalize everyone who had spread false information and tied his name to the case.
Robert Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, a retired British politician and author, is keen on pursuing the wrongdoers who were responsible of tainting his noble name.
Lord McAlpine already received £185,000 in damages plus costs from the BBC and now wants 10,000 Twitter users to face legal action. One thousand of the Twitter users accused him as a suspect while nine thousand retweeted the allegations.
Andre Reid, Lord McAlpine’s petitioner, told UK newspaper Mirror the 10,000 may only be the beginning.
“We have been watching people who have been taking down what they put on Twitter. We already have all the information. We have found a couple of firms of experts who have produced pretweets, post-tweets, the effect of the tweets and the retweets. What starts at one ends up as 100,000 in some cases,” he said.
“Twitter is not just a closed coffee shop among friends. It goes out to hundreds of thousands of people and you must take responsibility for it. It is not a place where you can gossip and say things with impunity, and we are about to demonstrate that.”