Defame, Apologize, Tweet!

In this world of social media and micro-blogging, you never know what could come up next. Surprises truly await you.

A Malaysian man  agreed to apologize 100 times over the span of three days on Twitter as a settlement to a defamation row.

Fahmi Fadzil had tweeted that his pregnant friend had been mistreated by her employer, BluInc Media.

Mr. Fadzil has more than 4,200 followers (Well, not anymore – it is now over 4,500!). BluInc Media, angered by how many people potentially saw the negative tweet, had its lawyers send Mr. Fadzil a letter demanding damages and a newspaper apology.

Fadzil settled with the company to apologize via the medium where it had first taken place – on Twitter.

“I’ve DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologize,” Fahmi wrote in a series, of tweets starting on Thursday that came out about once every 30 minutes.

Now that’s what I call ‘community service social media-style’.

Reports said that the settlement requiring statements on Twitter was the first of its kind in Malaysia.

I wonder if this will be something common in the near future.

Well, one thing good that came out of this: it has definitely earned Fahmi Fadzil more followers. Haha! It even trended in Malaysia! ;)

 

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