Defamation by Social Media

David Rolph

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

November 17, 2013

Precedent, Vol. 117, pp. 16-21, 2013
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 13/81

Social media have transformed communications, allowing users to generate and disseminate content widely. This carries with it a heightened risk of defamation. Cases involving defamation by social media are starting to be decided by Australian and English courts. This article reviews recent decisions and examines the issues presented by defamation and social media, particularly the anonymity of users and the legal means to overcome it and the liability of internet intermediaries, such as internet service providers and search engines.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Defamation, Social media, Australia, United Kingdom, Anonymity, Internet intermediaries, Internet service providers, Search engines, Publication

JEL Classification: K10, K30

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Date posted: November 20, 2013  

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Rolph, David, Defamation by Social Media (November 17, 2013). Precedent, Vol. 117, pp. 16-21, 2013; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 13/81. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2356028

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David Rolph (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
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