An Australian man is suing Twitter for defamation after he was wrongly named as the author of a hate blog, a report said Friday.
lawyer for Melbourne man Joshua Meggitt served a legal notice on the
US-based Twitter Inc on Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
action arose after Australian writer and TV personality Marieke Hardy
wrongly accused Meggitt of being the author of a hate blog about her to
her more than 60,000 followers on the micro-blogging site in November.
name and shame my ‘anonymous’ internet bully. Liberating business! Join
me,” Hardy tweeted, posting a link to her blog in which she mistakenly
named Meggitt as being behind the articles.
apologised to Meggitt on her blog and reportedly paid him Aus$13,000
(US$14,016) in damages as part of a confidential out-of-court
But because Hardy’s tweet had appeared on Twitter’s
homepage, and was copied by some of her followers and other users during
a worldwide campaign against online abuse, Meggitt’s lawyer Stuart
Gibson is pursuing the site, the Herald said.
“Twitter are a publisher, and at law anyone involved in the publication can be sued,” Gibson told the newspaper.
“We’re suing for the re-tweets and the original tweet -- and many of the re-tweets and comments are far worse.”
Twitter itself, not individual users, were being sued for damages, he said.
case is expected to test whether Twitter, which allows users to publish
their thoughts in 140 characters or less, can be sued for defamation in
Twitter, which was championed as a tool of free
expression during the Arab Spring for its uncensored comments, in
January announced it could block tweets on a country-by-country basis if
legally required to do so.
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