Whether we’re reading about the same-sex marriage laws being passed in Iowa from @DMRegister or snickering at the fact that President Obama called Kanye West a “jackass,” from some ABC News employees. Twitter is keeping us on our toes–but we’re not the only ones.
As journalists are lining up in the technology race–wanting to be the quickest and most media-savvy–the law is trying to keep up as well. So @sockington the cat and @levarburton, as well as @shitmydadsays–and even you, should think twice before you Twitter. That’s right–friends don’t let friends Twitter drunk–or when they’re angry.
This advice would have been nice for rocker-girl Courtney Love to know, as fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir is now suing her for libel after she (Love) tweeted several derogatory comments about the designer. Apparently the dispute was sparked over how much Love should pay Simorangkir for her designs. Although Love’s Twitter page is now in retirement, one can understand Simorangkir being upset, especially to tweets saying she had a “history of dealing cocaine.” Love sure went for the win on that one–people, think twice before you tweet–especially if you’re a journalist.
But what if you’re just angry with your landlord and want to just vent to all of your followers? Well, think again, as this is exactly what Amanda Bonnen, a woman from Illinois decided to do when she logged on to tweet: “Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon Realty thinks it’s okay.” The result? The company is now seeking $50,000 in damages–that is one pricey tweet. Read more about these cases and the future of Internet and the law at CNN.
Just like the laws against music-sharing and illegal downloading didn’t really hit the scene until well after everyone knew about Napster, the law is racing to keep up with Twitter. What do you think about this? Have you ever been called out on a tweet?