World’s Second Twitter Libel Case Ends in Tens of Thousands of Pounds in Damages Paid

If Courtney Love’s case wasn’t lesson enough, here’s another one to make you pause before you hit “tweet”: the world’s second Twitter libel case has been settled in favor of the individual alleging defamation in 140-characters or less. A British politician will pay damages of £3,000 and the legal fees of the plaintiff.

It was a case of some last-minute political smear campaigning that went a little too far. According to the local newspaper WalesOnline, a Welsh politician, Colin Elsbury, tweeted the following message on the day of a council election in 2009: