You could be sued for embedding a tweet in your blog post

Consider when a tweet is embedded in a news article and then that tweet is deleted by its original author. The tweet then vanishes from the publication due to the fact that the news site was never the host initially. For example, if person A was to post a photo on their instagram story and person B was tagged in the photo, it would appear on person B’s story as well. However, if person A proceeds to delete the photo, person B’s version on their story would also be deleted as they didn’t own the photo in the first place. 

Back in 2016, NFL quarterback Tom Brady was photographed and posted on a snapchat story whilst he was walking with the Boston Celtics general manager (juicy gossip for anyone that follows the NFL). The photo was then tweeted and the tweet was then embedded into several news sites to illustrate that Brady was helping the Celtics recruit NBA player Kevin Durant. 

The original photographer of the image decided to sue these massive companies for publishing his image without permission. But the companies were able to get off the charges as they did not directly include the image, they just asked twitter to make a specific tweet appear. 

Here is where ‘server testing’ comes in.

The server test ensures that your app development services are working as intended. It tests what is running correctly and also what is not working when it shouldn’t. For example, accessing restricted data.

“The Server Test basically says that you can commit copyright infringement if you copy an image and place it on your server. If instead, you merely provide a link to that image on someone else’s server, you’re in the clear.” (Beebe, 2019)


Marc Beebe. (2019) ‘The Server Test And Copy Right Infringement’, Civil Liberties, Technology, and Miscellany.

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