In a move that changes social media to another type of information source, Twitter has agreed to work with the Australian law enforcement in preserving metadata in particular instances, such as cyber bullying cases. This came after some accusations that Twitter was turning a blind eye to Australian law and not reacting appropriately to hostile messages.

ZD Net brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “Twitter promises to keep metadata for Australian law enforcement.” The attraction of social media for many was the lack of accountability and in some cases, lack of traceability. So with changes like this and others that are sure to follow, how does that change the relationship between Twitter users and the medium they choose to communicate through?

Melody K. Smith

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