The social networking site can be used to submit freedom of information requests to the public authority.

The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom announced this week that it would accept freedom of information (FOI) requests (used by the public and media to ask for access to government documents) via Twitter after launching its own account. The social network could possibly become a new tool for legal and government institutions who choose to join.

At first, the UK Supreme Court said that it wouldn’t be accepting official requests via its Twitter account. However, it had to change its policy after learning that a failure to respond to these would be grounds for complaining to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Publicservice.co.uk directed the court to the ICO’s guidance, after a spokesman told them:

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