— UKJobCentrePlus not (@UKJCP) February 8, 2014
The parody twitter account @UKJCP is back after the bungled attempt by the DWP to have them banned from twitter. The spoof twitter feed, which has attracted a wide following, had been suspended from twitter after complaints from the DWP.
The DWP appear to have claimed that they wished to use the username @UKJCP and therefore twitter should close the satirical account. A quick search shows that the DWP do not use these initials to describe the Jobcentre network yet they still attempted to claim ownership of them with the aim of censoring social media.
The DWP also claimed that some of @UKJCP’s tweets were ‘rude’ and potentially libelled the UK Government, politicians and the heads of large private sector organisations. This is a shocking statement, not least because it is legally impossible to libel the Government under UK law. More worrying however is the DWP using their political weight to try and silence what they have decided are ‘potentially’ libellous comments against individuals.
It is genuinely chilling that the Government are prepared to step in and pre-emptively protect the reputations of their chums by trying to shut down criticism on social media. If the heads of large private sector organisations think they have been libelled – which is for a court, not the fucking Jobcentre to decide – then that is a matter for them, not the government. When’s the last time a government department stuck up for you that way?
Predictably, like everything else the DWP try and do, they fucked it up. @UKJCP are back on twitter with the same handle and the username adjusted to UKJoBCentrePlus not.
Perhaps the best response to the DWP’s attempt at tin pot dictatorship is to help get @UKJCP as many new followers as possible. So follow @UKJCP and spread the word!
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