For those of you in the UK, you will be fully aware of the recent super injunction taken out by a married footballer to prevent the press reporting details of his alleged affair with a reality TV personality.
Once someone decided to post his name on Twitter, others followed and retweeted his identity and finally yesterday with over 75,000 people on Twitter having broken the super injunction, judges at the High Court finally conceded and lifted the injunction against the press.
Whilst there are many legal / social issues here, I wonder what we think about the more general question of privacy, Islam and the role of social media?
Should someone's private life (be they Muslim or not) be subject for public consumption or should it be a matter for the respective parties to sort out? What criteria should we be using here?
We are all aware of the moment in the seerah when Aisha (ra) was at the end of numerous allegations in respect of her behaviour and the reprimand the Muslims were given in respect of divulging and disclosing information which they could not ascertain the accuracy thereof.
If that incident took place now in our digital age, would the impact be greater or less?
By chance I was listening to a CD this morning where Sh Hamza Yusuf narrates a hadith that (and I'm paraphrasing here), 'at the end of time, a man will tell a lie and it would reach the four corners of the Earth'. He [Sh Hamza] personally believed this was a reference to the modern day internet where information can go 'viral' in a matter of hours.
As Muslims should we desist from simply forwarding emails on or retweeting information because of the inherent danger of not knowing the true facts behind something?
As ever, lots of questions and probably no easy answers but interested to see what everyone thinks.
All thoughts / views / opinions welcomed but no backbiting allowed