What can’t you say on Twitter? Thanks to Courtney Love, Americans may soon find out


When do you defame someone on Twitter? Despite the platform’s reputation for outrageous insults, American courts have yet to say when — if ever — users cross the line.

This could finally change after a Los Angeles judge ruled last week that singer Courtney Love must face a jury trial over a 2011 tweet in which she slammed her former lawyer by writing (all spelling and punctuation decisions from the original): “I was fucking devestated when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off @FairNewsSpears perhaps you can get a quote.” That tweet has since been deleted.

It was the “bought off” comment that led Holmes and her law firm to file a libel claim against Love, a serial Twitter miscreant whose online antics led her own daughter to write “Twitter should ban my mother.”

The case, set to go before a jury in two weeks, could finally clear…

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