We told you before about the anonymous Twitter troll made public by the person he was harassing, and you’ve undoubtedly heard about Twitter recently turning over a protestor’s tweets to New York Supreme Court.
Well, now we have something a teeny bit different, but headed in a way that would likely please the folks who seek to end Twitter troll anonymity: compelling a troll to reveal his/her own identity or face sanctions.
It’s the kind of one-two punch that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
According The Telegraph, “a disgruntled employee is suspected to be behind the “TCXrated” account, posting internal [Thomas Cook] company memos online as well as allegations about its precarious business position.”
The world’s oldest tour operator, which almost went bust last year, believes whoever is making the comments has broken the terms of their employment and so on Friday went to the High Court to expose them.
Lawyers for Thomas Cook asked for an injunction ordering the Twitter user to reveal their name and address and to stop making disparaging remarks about the holiday firm.
The order was granted and will be served via Twitter itself, in a rare move.
What did the person tweet exactly for the court to allow this? You can read the full story here, but the gist of the matter is this: Twitter will be sending this injunction to the (never) anonymous user and when he/she refuses to reveal their identity (as anyone likely would), they’re facing BIG consequences. How big?
[The Justice] attached a penal notice to the order, warning: “If you disobey this order you may be held in contempt of court, and may be fined, imprisoned or have your assets seized.”
Ouch! Could the days of anonymous online trolls be coming to an end – much like what happened to prank phone calls thanks to caller ID?
Will you be sad to see the trolls go?
(Troll image from Shutterstock)