Imagine working at the Ministry of Justice. Returning this week after an extended holiday, you find your department paralysed. Nothing seems to be happening. Remember the Prisons and Courts Bill introduced last February? Those clauses that senior judges said were ‘essential’ if court reforms costing £1bn were to be delivered successfully? That bill lapsed after the general election was called but a new Courts Bill was promised in the Queen’s speech more than six months ago. And where is it now?
Legislation that protects websites from lawsuits is cleansing negative comments from online forums, BBC Radio 4's You and Yours has been told. Companies that threaten Section 5 defamation notices say they are a legitimate defence against false statements. But one forum claims they lack the resources to challenge them, and criticisms are being "bleached".
Imagine you wake up one morning and find all your credit cards frozen, along with your bank accounts and the other payment services you use on a daily basis. With great difficulty – since you have no right to demand an explanation – you discover you have been placed on a United Nations sanctions list. It is all a case of mistaken identity, you protest. The UN Security Council resolution was aimed at someone else with a similar name.
@gem_myS Happy to help — though see my piece tomorrow for more. Unlawful to fetter discretion. And illogical to argue that signing a death certificate out of turn is going to delay another funeral a week or two later.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".