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Roseanne Barr Sued by Zimmerman's Parents Over Tweet
By: Jessica Cherok
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It’s against the rules on Twitter for anyone to tweet another person’s private information without permission. But that’s exactly what Roseanne Barr did when she tweeted the home address and phone number of George Zimmerman’s parents, and now the actress/comedian is being sued.

Zimmerman’s parents — who had nothing to do with the murder of Trayvon Martin — sued Barr for posting the address of their Lake Mary, FL home on Twitter. As a result members of the media, as well as what the lawsuit describes as “vigilantes” flocked to their home. Robert and Gladys Zimmerman were overwhelmed, and made the decision to leave their home for fear for their safety.

Barr first tweeted the parents’ names, phone number, and home address, then followed by tweeting, “At first I thought it was good to let ppl know that no one can hide anymore…If Zimmerman isn’t arrested I’ll rt his address again - maybe go 2 his house myself.”

According to the suit, “The Zimmermans suffered emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life, incurred additional living expenses due to the inability to live in their home and have suffered a loss in value of their home.”

While this case is an extreme example, it still shows what kind of damage tweeting private information can do, and the possible legal ramifications a person could face.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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