Sue that tweet!

According to the BBC, a tenant who used Twitter to complain about mould in her Chicago apartment is being sued by the lettings agency. Is it really libellous though? As someone quite rightly points out, should a humble tweet be deemed as a form of publishing? Or, is it merely the ‘electronic version of a coffee shop, where you can gripe privately but have your gripes overheard?’Twitter is fleeting and disposable by its very nature. Does this mean that all our pronouncements will now have to be run by our legal departments? If I tweet that my train isn’t running on time will I have to consider being sued by Virgin? Or risk the wrath of McDonalds if I say their mozzarella dippers turn my stomach? Tread carefully fellow Tweeters, indeed.

  • HughSalmon

    Clearly, it would be advantageous for the RFU to separate its commercial and playing operations. And you can take it from me that Rupert Howell was never going to, and never will, threaten anyone on a rugby pitch.

  • ROD BOWEN

    Au contraire Hugh, when Roop played for our team the Old Johnians 3XV (motto – ‘Who cares who wins’) in the 80’s it was like unleashing the hidden tiger! I think he would be ideally suited to clear up the mess that is the RFU.