For the first time, a court has awarded libel damages in the case of a Twitter post.
Colin Elsbury, formerly the mayor of the Welsh town of Caerphilly has been fined 3 000 pounds for libel against Eddie Talbot, an opposing politician.
The situation arose when Elsbury tweeted that Talbot had been removed from a polling station by police – but the report was incorrect and Elsbury tried to correct the tweet.
It was too late, however, and Talbot took the matter to court. On Friday, a judge decided the tweet was damaging and order the fine as well as 50 000 pounds in costs – and ordered Elsbury to apologise on Twitter.