Should Twitter Users Bear Responsibility for What They Post?

It seems many people on Twitter feel they can post whatever they want on the social network regardless of how much truth is behind it or whether it may be potentially hurtful to someone. Should Twitter users bear responsibility for what they post?

American actor James Woods has been given the go-ahead on a $10 million anti-defamation lawsuit. An anonymous Twitter user posted something suggesting the actor used drugs. While some people claimed that the statement had some truth behind it, Woods nonetheless sees it as damaging to him and not truthful and is seeking restitution. Once the lawsuit proceeds, eventually the Twitter user will lose his or her anonymity.

That one Twitter user is far from being the only person who spreads lies or rumors on Twitter and other social networks. Once anonymity is applied, it seems to give some people the go-ahead to post whatever they like. It can cause many problems with the lies or rumors being believed, such as causing someone to lose their job, their reputation, or their relationships.

What rights do Twitter users have? Do they have the right to post whatever they want no matter who it might harm and whether or not it is factual? Or is there some responsibility on their part to only post things that they can back up with actual facts?

Should Twitter users bear responsibility for what they post?

Should Twitter users bear responsibility for what they post?

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