The Canadian users on this site are probably already aware of the situation TSN got itself into trouble by broadcasting a crude tweet during the NHL trade deadline live broadcast. The message contained unfavourable remarks towards Toronto Maple Leaf players Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf and his wife, actress Elisha Cuthbert. I won't post the tweet here since it is still going through legal proceedings but here's a link to a low quality image. TSN had asked it's viewers to tag a tweet with "#TradeCentre" related to the trade deadline. During the coverage, the viewers were able to see live tweets. Somehow, the one above made it through the screening process and was seen across Canada when half the population was probably watching, waiting to see what changes their favourite team would make. Of course once social media got a hold of this, it took a life of it's own. It gets weirder since TSN's parent company is Bell media who is also part owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The parties involved are obviously upset.
(the following is NOT the offending tweet)
The following day, legal action had been taken.
This isn't even the first time an inappropriate tweet made it onto live broadcast at TSN. During coverage of the 2014 NHL entry draft, they showed live tweets from the viewers. When the Edmonton Oilers selected German hockey player Leon Draisaitl, a nickname suggestion from a viewer scrolled across the screen: Leon "the Final Solution" Draisaitl. TSN is obviously going to have to pay for damages for this recent slip, but interestingly enough the creator of the tweet in question is named in the letter as well. It struck me as odd at first since thousands of comments, much worse than this one, are plastered across social media every day. The racist tweets towards PK Subban and harassing messages towards Zelda Williams comes to mind. This is the first time I've heard about legal action taken towards an internet troll. This has brought up a lot of discussion about freedom of speech when on the internet. Free speech prevents you from being charged with any offense arising from your words, however, this has no bearing on civil disputes or liabilities. It will be interesting to see if the results of this suit sets any type of precedent for social responsibility on the internet (at least in Canada).
Talking about social responsibility, here is the knee-jerk reaction from the original tweeter.