Last year, we wrote about how a property management firm in Illinois, Horizon Group Management, had sued a tenant for defamation
over a short Twitter message she sent, claiming:
"Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's okay."
The woman had a grand total of 20 followers at the time, so it wasn't like this was likely to have a huge negative impact on the company. Still, what was impressive was how Horizon defended its decision to sue, saying:
"We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization."
That seemed rather obvious, given that by filing the lawsuit, the company brought a lot
more attention to the fact that some of its tenants were unhappy. And, even worse, the lawsuit has gone nowhere. Dark Helmet
alerts us to the news that the lawsuit has been dismissed
as the comments were considered "too vague" and didn't meet the qualifications to be considered libelous. This doesn't mean that there can't
be defamation via Twitter, so if you're going to defame someone, at least be vague about it in your 140 characters.