Many people use social media sites to vent their frustrations. We think of it as free speech and weren’t the new technologies meant to facilitate that? But the last year has seen a number of employees fired and ordinary folk sued for airing their views on Facebook, Twitter and the like. Now celebrities are in the firing line.
Simorangkir sued Love over accusations of prostitution, drug pushing and a history of violent assault.
Courtney’s grammatically questionable rants include: ”She has received a vast amount of money from me over $40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped too!”
Now that’s not a nice thing to say about anyone, is it?
Simorangkir’s lawyer considers the case ground-breaking. It may well make celebrities think about what they put out over the internet. These sites are now a lot more public than before.
Courtney Love has previously Tweeted rants about her daughter and her musical collaborators but never before has anyone taken her – or any other celebrity – to court over such a thing. Love’s lawyers are confident that no defamation occurred, so the case will be dismissed. However, Courtney declared she is shutting down all her social media activities. Yesterday, Love Tweeted, “The end. Am shutting down all social media tomorrow first thing, from here on in i have NO Comment, includes Facebook.(sic)” (language courtesy of Courtney herself!)
So should we all be worried? Must we think before we Tweet? Has anything you’ve ever put on a social networking site ever landed you in trouble, if not in court, as Love faces January 18?
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