Defamation by Social Media
Precedent, Vol. 117, pp. 16-21, 2013
8 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 17, 2013
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.
Keywords: Defamation, Social media, Australia, United Kingdom, Anonymity, Internet intermediaries, Internet service providers, Search engines, Publication
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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