Hillwalkers fall foul of Twitter crackdown | Brief letters

Twitter and Russia | Men of letters | Swaths blasted | Evolving words | Robert Mugabe backwards

Twitter ruthlessly rooted out the duplicate accounts of a friend who was using one for himself and one for the hillwalking group whose Facebook page he moderates, and has banned him from returning. So I don’t see why the Russians can get away with destabilising the entire western world (Russia backed Brexit in fake Twitter posts, 15 November). Our group only wanted Twitter for last-minute meet-ups and weather-related cancellations – we had no intention of recruiting the hillwalking community for nefarious purposes, even if that were possible.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

• Twitter posts from Russia to influence public opinion sounds very much like Radio Free Europe and CIA-funded magazines in Europe during the cold war. Only the media has changed. Russia is only doing what we taught it.
Joseph Hanlon

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Dyson to sue former chief executive Max Conze

Technology firm alleges he leaked company secrets and used company resources for his own benefit

Technology firm Dyson is to sue its former chief executive for allegedly leaking its closely guarded secrets, in a claim his lawyers say is a “naked attempt” to distract from a wrongful dismissal suit against the company.

The extraordinary row emerged after the company, founded by inventor Sir James Dyson, filed a high court claim against Max Conze, who led the company from 2011 to 2017.

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Falling for the joke: the risk of using Twitter as a news source

The BBC was left red-faced after quoting a parody account in its Zimbabwe coverage, exposing the danger of journalists relying on social media

The trouble that the BBC got itself into on Wednesday morning, when both online and on air it referred to tweets from a parody Zanu PF account, illustrate the complexities of using social media as a reporting resource. This can especially be true in fast-moving news situations, where news organisations may have few reporters directly on the ground.

While many parody accounts on social media are used simply for humour, they can frequently be utilised for deliberate mischief.

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