Food blogger Jack Monroe has won their libel action against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets libelling Monroe posted to Twitter on 18 May 2015. The columnist and controversialist has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages plus £107,000 costs on account and further costs to be alleged On top of those sums, Hopkins will, of course, also have to pay her own lawyers. It is unlikely she will emerge with much change from half a million pounds.
Caroline Criado-Perez is one in a long line of female campaigners who have suffered a violent tirade of on-line abuse after speaking out on sexism. Depressingly, the response to Criado-Perez has generated more heat than light.
In part, this may be because of prevalent myths about the legal status of Twitter (and other online platforms).