Tweet, Tweet, You’ve Been Defamed!

Posted: 31st March 2011

A recent case shows how dangerous it can be to think that because ‘tweets’ on the social networking site Twitter are short, they can’t do much harm.

In the case, a councillor from South Wales was sued for defamation because of a reckless tweet – he had wrongly alleged another councillor had been removed from a polling station by the Police.
The error cost him more than £50,000 in damages and legal costs...more than £350 per character of the tweet.
The case has obvious implications for social networkers and, potentially, businesses that do not have a robust internet use policy.