Woman being sued because of Twitter comments

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:16 PM

(WHAS11) - This will make you think before you tweet. A Chicago woman is being sued because of something she posted on the popular social networking site Twitter.

Amanda Bonnen twittered that her apartment was moldy and mentioned the apartment's owner by name. Now, that owner is suing Bonnen for $50,000 saying that tweet is damaging to the company's reputation.

One law professor says he doesn't think the lawsuit will hold up in court.

"Defamation applies to false statement of fact, and I don't think they're going to be able to prove their reputation was really injured by a tweet to 20 people," says northwestern professor Jim Speta.

Despite that, the professor says you should watch what you say on Twitter, Facebook or even email, because the law of defamation does apply in those cases.

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