Social Media Saturday - Twitter Trouble

Saturday, 19 March 2011



While Twitter is one of my favorite social media sites, it can get you into trouble if you are not careful. Just ask rockstar Courtney Love. She was sued for defamation after tweeting something in March 2009 about clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir.

We don't know exactly what was said about Simorangkir because links to Love's Twitter account from that time have been erased. What we do know is that flippant comments online are no longer strictly protected through freedom of speech. In a settlement, Love will pay the designer $43k plus interest for her comments.

Simorangkir said her reputation was destroyed because of Love's tweets and she also claims she lost millions of dollars in revenue. The lawsuit rolled out in January 2011 even though Love's online comments were made via Twitter in March 2009. Simorangkir's lawyer said the case was groundbreaking and showed that defamation is defamation no matter the platform.

What do you think? Should people be held responsible for what they say through social media? Should a status update hold the same weight as a published news article?

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