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Judge criticizes parents during court ruling
By Cynthia Gray from NCSC's Center for Judicial Ethics
After losing ownership of his gun shop in a bankruptcy case, Jeremey Alcade ignored a judge’s order to hand over the company’s passwords for Twitter and Facebook accounts to the new owner. “Legal experts say it is uncharted legal territory for a judge to classify social media accounts as company assets during a bankruptcy.” Alcade will not give up the passwords claiming it is an issue of free speech, but the new owner claims Alcade's previous, often political, posts are promotional, and he wants to keep them.
Turkish court blocks Twitter and YouTube after graphic photos leaked online
A Turkish court recently blocked access to Twitter and YouTube in a backlash over the sharing of images from a hostage siege in Istanbul. The images show gunmen holding a gun to the head of Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz. Earlier this month, users had difficulty accessing Twitter and YouTube. The sites were replaced with text saying “an administrative measure” had been implemented by Turkey’s telecommunications regulator. The court decision was based on the fact that Turkish authorities requested that Twitter and YouTube remove the images, but they refused. According to Bloomberg.com, “Turkey has passed several laws to strengthen control over the Internet since December 2013, after hundreds of tape recordings allegedly showing political corruption were posted on social media.”
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