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A Malaysia man has agreed to tweet an apology 100 times over three days after slandering a publishing company on the social media service.
Fahmi Fadzil (@fahmi_fadzil), who describes himself as a performer and writer on his Twitter bio, is doling out the contrite tweets at about one an hour. As of Thursday morning, he was at 25.
The apology, which Fadzil told QMI Agency was the result of "an out-of-court settlement, mutually agreed by both parties," reads: "I've DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologize."
The unusual penalty comes as a result of a tweet he wrote in January claiming a friend of his had been treated poorly by her employer, publisher BluInc Media.
As reported by the Associated Press, Fadzil tweeted an apology shortly afterward, but the company's lawyers sent him a letter and began legal proceedings.
Twitter is increasingly being cited in contentious cases between companies and employees, as Sportsnet host Damian Goddard discovered when he was fired over one of his tweets in May.
Fadzil has more than 4,500 followers and seems to be enjoying his new-found fame, cheerily replying to questions and suggesting curious tweeters do a Google News search on him. He hosts The Fairly Current Show - a Malaysian current affairs program on the web.
According to a tweet he posted Thursday, he expects to post his last apology around 6:45 p.m. Saturday.