Twitter sued over hate blog

Friday 17 February 2012 @ 2.26 p.m. | IP & Media

Twitter is being sued for defamation for the first time under Australian law.

Joshua Meggitt, the Melbourne man wrongly named by writer and TV identity Marieke Hardy as the author of a hate blog dedicated to her, is now suing Twitter Inc itself.

Mr Meggitt's lawyer served a legal notice on the San Francisco-based social media giant, a company valued last year at $US7 billion ($A6.5 billion), as the publisher of a tweet by Hardy last November.

Her tweet read:

''I name and shame my 'anonymous' internet bully. Liberating business! Join me,''

with a link to her blog, where she incorrectly named Mr Meggitt as the author of ''ranting, hateful'' articles about her.

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