Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 06/02/2011

100 Twitter apologies: Fahmi Fadzil’s punished for defamation one tweet at a time


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Rep. Anthony Weiner is not the only man discovering the pitfalls of Twitter this week. A Malayasian man has been sentenced by a court to apologize for a tweet he wrote. His punishment? A hundred tweets admitting his error.

The problem started when Fahmi Fadzil took to Twitter to complain that his friend had been poorly treated by her employer at a magazine run by BluInc Media. A few hours later, he sent out a new tweet, apologizing and admitting his error.

The media company was not satisfied, however, and sent the young social activist a letter, demanding a financial retribution and an apology in the papers. The case settled this week with different terms: “The digital equivalent of scrawling your apologies on a chalkboard,” as Gizmodo frames it.

Fadzil started his apology 13 hours ago and said it would probably take him until the following day to send them all out.

Though there have been cases in the past of Malaysian sentences surrounding social media, Syahredzan Johan, Fadzil’s lawyer, told the Associated Press that this was probably the first time a case had to do with Twitter.

The punishment seems to not only be proclaiming BluInc’s innoncence, but it also seems to be raising Fadzil’s profile along with it. When he started apologizing, the Guaridan reported that he had around 4,200 followers. That number has grown by 315 in just under three hours.

1/100 I've DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologizeless than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

23/100 I've DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologizeless than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

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