It is all over the news. New Zealand Cricketer Chris Cairns has finally won the legal battle against Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chief Lalit Modi in the defamatory tweet case. It all started with just a ‘Tweet’ by Modi. He had actually tweeted that the New Zealand fast bowler was involved in match fixing during the 2008 IPL tournament. This was followed by similar reports on the Cricket sites with the same allegations against the New Zealander. What a blow to the cricket career of Cairns! His image was tarnished by a single tweet.
Just imagine the monster power of social media! A single tweet can damage your reputations or make you a famous celebrity in a fraction of a second. That is what has happened in the case of Chris Cairns. Without having any solid proof or evidence,Lalit Modi had used the social media platform to publicize the ‘alleged match fixing’. We all know how fast news spreads in Twitter. So the whole world was talking about this within a few hours! Cairns was dropped out of the next edition of the IPL because of these allegations against him. He was not able to play for his country also. He had to fight a legal battle for more than 2 yrs to get his name cleared. Just imagine the agony and anxiety that he must have undergone! He must have been cursing the social media!
And now the jury that handled this case has ordered Modi to pay Cairns 400, 000 pounds for damages. But the news is that Modi is planning to appeal against this decision. However, the New Zealander is finally relieved that he has at last been delivered justice. He feels happy that he can now walk with this head high! Phew! What a great relief!
This news sends out warnings to people who are active on social media, most importantly to the celebrities with a huge followers base and corporate organizations with a big reputation.
- You need to be careful on what you tweet, share or like on your social networks. Even though it happens within your social network, remember that the networks are spread out all across the world.
- Think before you post something, think of the consequences and after effects – Do not post blindly.