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Wikileaks' Julian Assange court appeal makes Twitter history

Twitter trial: Assange gets the live tweet treatment
Twitter trial: Assange gets the live tweet treatment

The court appeal of Julian Assange in London has made history today as the first time ever tweeting has been allowed in a UK courtroom.

Usually no phones or recording are allowed in a courtroom but the judge presiding over the Wikileaks' head Julian Assange's court appeal has allowed journalists to use Twitter in court to keep an account of proceedings.

Twitter trial

Times special correspondent Alexi Mostrous asked the judge if tweeting would be okay while the appeal takes place and, according to his Twitter feed, he was allowed. "Judge just gave me explicit permission to tweet proceedings "if it's quiet and doesn't disturb anything," says one of his posts.

This has lead to the Guardian – who got wind that it was allowed to tweet – adding the Twitter posts from Monstrous into its live update of the appeal.

Assange handed himself in to London police earlier this month to face accusations of rape.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.