A Modern Day Canute

UK PR consultant Richard Hillgrove writes in the Guardian about his brilliant idea for preventing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from breaching suppression orders.

“Clearly, they are going to have to introduce a delay mechanism so that content can be checked before it goes up”, he opines.

Yes, that’s an excellent idea, and it will solve all of the US’s unemployment problems in one fell swoop. Twitter currently has some 175 million registered users, while Facebook has about half a billion, so it would take an army of hundreds of thousands of staff to not only check every post or tweet that went out, but to also be aware of each and every injunction and suppression order that may be out there. A bit of a problem, perhaps, when in some cases the very existence of the order is a secret.

Maybe the only answer is to abolish the internet. How else can we be really sure people aren’t breaking the law by posting illegal or suppressed material to social media sites, blogs and web forums?

We’ll have to get rid of email too, because they can be circulated with absurd ease.

I’m certain you’ll agree that winding back the internet, perhaps the most important technological development in the last fifty years, is preferable to allowing the identity of overpaid and oversexed footballers to be exposed to the public.