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Malaysian Man Settles Defamation Suit by Tweeting Apology 100 Times

Posted Jun 3, 2011 12:47 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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A screen shot of the 69th of 100 tweets.

As a part of a settlement agreement in a defamation case, a Malaysian social activist has agreed to publish a brief apology 100 times on Twitter.

In January, Fahmi Fadzil posted a tweet claiming that a pregnant friend of his was treated poorly by her employers at a magazine run by BluInc Media, the Associated Press reported. The Daily Mail has a screen shot of the Jan. 25 tweet.

Fahmi's lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, told the Associated Press that Fahmi wrote BluInc an apology within hours of making the allegation on the social networking site, but BluInc's lawyers contacted him demanding financial damages and a published apology.

But ultimately the case settled this week with Fahmi agreeing to publish this tweet 100 times over a three-day period: "I've DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologize."

Syahredzan did not tell the Associated Press which party suggested the Twitter solution. BluInc's law firm told AP that the lawyer handling the case couldn't be immediately contacted.

Fahmi started posting Thursday at 30-minute intervals, and at the time of this post, the tweet goes on: The 70th of 100 posts has been published.

The Associated Press article, published Thursday, indicated that Fadzil had more than 4,200 Twitter followers. But a look at Fahmi's Twitter page indicates that he's now up to more than 5,300.

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