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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