Private landlords across the world may be interested to learn of a lawsuit that has been launched against a particularly web-savvy tenant.

Amanda Bonnen, a tenant from Chicago, has been sued by her landlord Horizon Group Management after she criticised the standard of her home on microblogging site Twitter.

In a status update on the website, Ms Bonnen posted the statement: "Who said sleeping in a mouldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon Realty thinks it's OK."

The landlord is claiming that the comment could be defamatory as her update was published to a potentially global readership. If the court rules in its favour, she could be made to pay $50,000 (£30,304).

Twitter has become the latest online phenomenon, with high-profile users such as Stephen Fry and Russell Brand making the service one of the most hyped internet portals since Facebook.

Launched in March 2006 in San Francisco, California, the website offers a real-time short messaging service that can work over multiple networks and devices.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19289685-ADNFCR

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