When Twitter got bitter

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News splashes today report that Miss Katie Price has followed Lilly Allen, Miley Cyrus and even a short stint by Stephen Fry, to become the latest celeb to jump the Twitter ship.

The fact that Miss Price, the biggest pap junkie of her kind, has washed her hands of Twitter shows how the social networking site can leave even boob-baring Z-listers feeling far too exposed. The Page 3 pin-up has been ridiculed on the social networking site. Whether you’re in Katie’s fan camp or not, it does make you stop and think about the double-edged sword that is Twitter.  

In the past, celebs’ media reputations have always been fairly closely guarded by privacy, defamation and libel laws. But social media has given everyone, even us mere mortals who’ve little or no understanding about media law, the power to broadcast our thoughts to hundreds of thousands of people within 140 taps of the keyboard.

Twitter really is dodgy territory for celebrities, when you consider how little thought is put into a Tweet compared with an edited newspaper article – the product of journalist research and, in most circumstances, approval by at least two other professionals before hitting the news stands. What’s more, once something has been Tweeted, you can essentially never delete it. There are services that can show you every Tweet that a user has deleted.

Perhaps in the future, we might start seeing Ofcom force Twitter users to Tweet an apology following the broadcast of unfounded, slanderous comments? At any rate, for as long as there are no regulations placed on social media sites, I think we can only expect more celebs to follow Miss Price and shout ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’