News Brief 8/18/2013, Elul 12, 5773
Court Orders ‘Talkback’ ID Revealed
Anonymous “talkback” responses to online articles may not be as anonymous as thought. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Israeli news outlet Haaretz to release information on the sender of a talkback that criticized a government ministry.
Judge Tamar Bar-Asher Tzaban ordered the paper to give police information regarding the talkback, including the IP address of the computer from which it was sent.
The person who wrote the talkback gave their name as that of a senior worker in a government ministry. The talkback mocked the ministry and its workers as “ineffective,”