Interesting new front developing in the battle between states and the internet - this time in the UK.
British police have ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove photos purported to be of Jon Venables, one of the child killers of Liverpool toddler Jamie Bulger in 1993 when Venables and Robert Thompson were aged 10.
From The Guardian website:
This could get very interesting indeed.Google, Facebook and Twitter have been ordered by the police to remove photographs purporting to show one of James Bulger's killers.
The police intervention came after the attorney general threatened to prosecute those who uploaded pictures claiming to be of Jon Venables, now 30, to the internet.
Merseyside police served the three web giants with the injunction that bans the purported identification of Venables and Robert Thompson, who were released with new identities in 2001 after being jailed for the murder of Bulger in Liverpool 20 years ago.
Legal experts said the breach could result in a landmark mass contempt prosecution by the government, following a number of recent cases that brought cyberspace into direct confrontation with the law.
A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said Merseyside police had requested that Twitter, Facebook and Google "assist with the removal of material in breach of the terms of the order" and that the process was ongoing.
The photographs are believed to have begun circulating online on 14 February and some were still available on Monday.
Google, Facebook and Twitter ordered to delete photos of James Bulger killers | Media | guardian.co.uk
Will global web giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google comply with UK demands?
Can UK enforce their will on the companies?
Will the UK AG take contempt actions against those who posted the photos and/or those who post links to the them or retweet them?
What are the implications for the internet and those who use it of such action?
The floor is now open. Any takers?