Although the tweeting isn’t court ordered, a Malaysian man has been bound by the terms of a settlement to resend the same apologetic tweet one hundred times.
Social media has often been lauded as the great leveler of fields, giving everyone a (nearly) equal voice to express opinions, settle grievances, voice passionate devotion, et al. But when Fahmi Fadzil used Twitter to stick up for a friend he’d felt was poorly treated by an employer, he probably didn’t realize he would become internationally famous for his legally enforced tweeting.
Fadzil avoided hefty fines in the case, which began when he- by his own twicount- defamed Blu Inc Media and Female Magazine. The terms of the settlement haven’t fully been revealed, but interspersed with his conversational tweets, Fadzil has posted:
“I’ve DEFAMED Blu Inc Media Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words hereby apologize.”
It’s probably stipulated he not remove the tweets from his timeline when the terms are met, which is kind of a bummer. In this day and age with reputation being such a major currency, would you prefer to take the hit in the form of fines, or engage in some gavel-enforced copypasta and save the cash?