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A high court ruling overturning the conviction of Paul Chambers, who was found guilty of sending a menacing tweet, has been greeted as a victory for freedom of speech.
The decision, handed down by the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, represents a significant shift in the legal system's treatment of social media sites, signalling that comments should be read in the context of online communications.
Cooper said: "It's an important decision for social networks. It means that in future not only does a message have to be of a truly menacing character but the person who sends it has to intend it to be menacing.