UK gets its first Twitter libel… will the floodgates open?

A week after Courtney Love paid a massive settlement to avoid a Twitter libel court case, Britain has jumped on the bandwagon.

A Welsh councillor has been ordered to pay damages for comments made on the social network – and will also make amends with an apologetic tweet.

It lays down a precedent for future cases in the UK. Colin Eisbury, a Plaid Cymru politician from Caerphilly, will have to pay out £3,000 in damages plus costs after wrongly claiming/tweeting that independent councillor Eddie Talbot had been removed from a polling station by police during a by-election in 2009.

Talbot’s solicitor said the comments damaged his client’s reputation, and predicted that the ruling could open the floodgates for further Twitter libels.

(Source: Press Gazette)

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