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)