Amanda Bonnen Sued for Twitter Libel
A single tweet has become the basis of a lawsuit. Amanda Bonnen posted a tweet to her twitter account (currently offline) complaining about mold in her apartment.
Horizon Group Management is now suing Amanda Bonnen for $50,000 as they breathlessly cry "defamation! Libel!"(The lawsuit pdf).
That Amanda Bonnen only had 20 followers, and now the whole world knows about the potential mold in the building was clearly not an outcome that Horizon Group Management considered, though I have no idea why they wouldn't have thought this through a bit more completely.
Lawsuits over tweets: it was really only a matter of time.
If you tweet "frivolous", you still have 131 characters left.
Horizon Group Management's complaint says the claim of mold is false — though it offers no evidence — and seeks $50,000 plus court costs.
It begs this question: What IS a tweet anyway? Is it really considered publishing?