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How to post a tweet in VillaTalk

VillaTalk guidelines ask that posters please post a link to tweets, rather than screenshots. This is because if a tweet is deleted due to legal issues, it also disappears from VT and we don't get into legal trouble. Here's how to post a link to a tweet.

If viewing twitter in a browser, do this: Click the little arrow next to the tweet (see picture) and a drop down appears - select "copy link to tweet"

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then go to VT and in your posting/reply box simply paste the copied link (ctrl + v or cmd +v, or right click + paste). Next, see what happens. Most browsers will automatically embed the tweet. If it doesn't embed, you may need to click the "paste as plain text" link as shown below (or you can paste via ctrl + shift + v in a windows browser which also has the same effect as the "paste as plain text instead"):

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If you are using tweetdeck to view twitter, then at the bottom of each tweet are 3 little dots. Click the dots and then select "copy link to this tweet"

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Then as per the above, paste the link into VT in your browser

If you're using twitter for iPhone or iPad, then next to the tweet is a "forwarding" icon (an up arrow in a tray). Select that and choose “share tweet via”

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and then select the link icon for "copy link to tweet"

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And paste the link into VT as above.

On Android, like on the browser, look for the little down arrow in the top right of the tweet. "Copy link to Tweet" and paste it into VillaTalk.

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Please allow 2-3 seconds for the site to format your post and make the tweet visible before clicking on "Submit Reply".

And a video (thanks to @Dick ):

 

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On the legal point, wouldn't the site be possibly compromised if there's a link to a libellous tweet that isn't deleted?  I'd have thought that would be far easier to trace than a screenshot.

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1 hour ago, Risso said:

On the legal point, wouldn't the site be possibly compromised if there's a link to a libellous tweet that isn't deleted?  I'd have thought that would be far easier to trace than a screenshot.

Who knows? It's the tweet that's libellous, not the link to it. They'd need to make a case that by linking to the tweet we are also publishers. If someone makes that claim, I'd remove the post at my earliest opportunity.

A screenshot of the libel would definitely be libellous. Image searching is built in to good browsers and Google's spider is almost certainly OCRing all the images it finds, even if that data isn't visible (yet).

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Yes, difficult area.  But take a tweet like that one about Jeremy Corbyn from that idiot Tory MP.  If someone on VT links to it, and it's up for a few days, presumably it can be tracked.  If after a week say, the person being libelled decides to take action, presumably they could track all of the websites it's been "published" on.  They'd be more likely to use this as ammo for the harm done to the individual's reputation than actually take action against the website itself I'd have thought, but the possibility is there.  If instead, someone has posted a screenshot, as it stands I don't believe there's any direct way of tracking that.  But then again, I suppose it automatically doesn't get deleted when the original one does, and you'd have to remember to delete anything libellous manually.

Difficult one, personally I just wouldn't allow links to Twitter at all, seeing as 99% of it is absolute moronic drivel anyway! 

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3 minutes ago, Risso said:

Yes, difficult area.  But take a tweet like that one about Jeremy Corbyn from that idiot Tory MP.  If someone on VT links to it, and it's up for a few days, presumably it can be tracked.  If after a week say, the person being libelled decides to take action, presumably they could track all of the websites it's been "published" on.  They'd be more likely to use this as ammo for the harm done to the individual's reputation than actually take action against the website itself I'd have thought, but the possibility is there.  If instead, someone has posted a screenshot, as it stands I don't believe there's any direct way of tracking that.  But then again, I suppose it automatically doesn't get deleted when the original one does, and you'd have to remember to delete anything libellous manually.

Difficult one, personally I just wouldn't allow links to Twitter at all, seeing as 99% of it is absolute moronic drivel anyway! 

We're allowed a reasonable time to act when we're informed that something (might be) libellous.

Most twitter links on VT are to official news / sports sources. You spend to much time in bolitics threads :) 

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I fully understand the reasons (explained above) for insisting that we post links to Twitter threads, rather than screenshots. 

The reason I sometimes fall foul of it is that I don't use Twitter, but I see tweets in Facebook posts that are not links, but are already screenshots. I guess I'll just have to not use them, but it's a bit frustrating. 

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