Crucified by vigilantes of the internet: MoS proves that innocent young man was falsely branded a thief on the world’s biggest websites | Mail Online

ah yes, file this one under “Old Media, terrified of loss of power, prestige and profit, continues fight to Rubbish Internet”. They ignore the hundred stories about the benefits of social networking or youtube or whatever (criminals identified by their own postings, families reunited, lives saved etc etc) and zero in on the one about a negative consequence.

They do this at least once a week. The internet is forcing porn down our throats! The internet is damaging our brains! The internet is causing the loss of social skills! Using the internet makes you unfit! The internet contains lies!

“The entire episode has proven how social media such as Facebook and Twitter constitute something of a Wild West when it comes to laws of defamation, where anonymous users can accuse innocent people of crimes without any proof, in a spiralling nightmare of libel and slander.”

This “huge” story was so important they assigned two whole reporters to covering it. Presumably the tabloid tossers believe we’ll be unaware of the massive damage their own activities have wreaked on innocent citizens. Presumably they’ll hope we ignore the fact that, 24 hours after that court hearing, that video is no longer accessible and that if you go looking for the story all you will now find are confirmations that he wasn’t guilty. Indeed, I hadn’t heard the initial story at all, so the only impression I’ve come away with is favourable.

Contrast that with the rare occasions the victim has been able to force an apology from the Daily Mail and how little prominence that apology then receives in their own putrid little corner of the social psyche.

Be all of which as it may, there is also an interesting Trusted Surveillance angle. The first is that merely declaring the video as having been created/posted on 13 Nov (2 days after he landed in Japan) shouldn’t have been enough to clear his name (so he was lucky the taxi driver backed him up) Obviously the court and its advisers are ignorant of how easy it is to spoof ALL the timestamps on a video and, in any case, the mere fact that it was posted on Nov 13 doesn’t, even without spoofing, prove that the event didnt’ take place a couple of days earlier.

TS videos will be timestamped by reference to an immutable audit trail which makes it impossible to spoof the creation time. And any Taxi displaying a notice declaring that it is running TS is far less likely to be the subject of such attempted rip-offs in the first place (which is another reason insurance costs will gradually fall).

Crucified by vigilantes of the internet: MoS proves that innocent young man was falsely branded a thief on the world's biggest websites | Mail Online.

About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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