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Twitter "Tweets" Can Lead to Liability, Lawsuits

Those who don't have a clue about Twitter and have never sent a "tweet" may be perplexed, wondering what all the fuss is about. Now...
June 16, 2009

Those who don't have a clue about Twitter and have never sent a "tweet" may be perplexed, wondering what all the fuss is about. Now comes news that errant "tweets" can get you criticized or even sued.

Twitter is a social networking website that allows users to send "tweets" - messages of up to 140 characters or less. Usually, tweets are innocuous (even insipid) messages about the minute-to-minute mundane details of one's life. Tweets are also starting to be used to send out opinions on such things as politics. The point to remember is that when you "tweet," the whole world can hear you.

This month, the Indianapolis Colts issued a statement on www.Colts.com that a Twitter user posing as Peyton Manning was not the 'real' Peyton. Similarly, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa filed a lawsuit against Twitter for unauthorized and offensive content that was posted in his name.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) took some flack recently for a tweet he sent, prompting one late night comedian to suggest that staff members of elected officials above a certain age should keep their bosses away from social networking sites.

"As exhilarating as social networking tools like Twitter can be, they also raise a variety of legal issues concerning the right of publicity," says intellectual property attorney Jonathan Faber.

Beware Twitter Users: Tweets Can Raise Legal Issues (Insurance Journal 6/10/09)