This may surprise some people but I was never unfaithful to my ex-wife. Fact is, I loved my house and kids too much!
One of the worst kept secrets of recent times has now been made public. Earlier this month, it was reported in non-UK media sources that the identity of CTB in CTB v News Group Newspapers was a Premiership footballer who had applied for and obtained an anonymised gagging order in relation to an alleged extra-marital affair with Welsh model Imogen Thomas. The footballer – aged 37 with two children - had subsequently taken legal action against the social networking site Twitter after his identity was revealed by a user who had previously stated the identities of other individuals that had taken out so-called "superinjunctions". A blogger for Forbes magazine remarked "he [the player] has not heard of the Streisand effect"*, observing that mentions of his name had significantly increased after the case against Twitter had been reported in the news. Yesterday, the Scottish-based Sunday Herald, published a barely disguised photograph of the player on its front page, with the word "CENSORED" covering his eyes. Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker stated that the London High Court ruling had no force in Scotland, unless copies of the Sunday Herald were sold in England or Wales.
*The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her Malibu residence inadvertently generated further publicity.
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