Defamation on Social Media: An Adoption of Single Publication Rule

5 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2016

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Manjeet Sahu

National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL); University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Students

Date Written: June 4, 2016

Abstract

There is no rule and regulations for the online defamation in India. Hence, the defamation made under the social networking websites are treated in the form of libel and the laws relating to libel are application for online defamation too. But, with respect to ‘cause of action’ in case of defamation makes a situation more complicated. The reason being ‘every click, every like, every comment on the post and ‘even sharing of the post’ make the statement active on the webpage. Internet has currently become an effective medium of communication in the 21st century. It has its own wide range of accessibility. Any communication posted on the social networking website can easily reach to a million of people within a fraction of time due to its characteristic of mass communication within a single click.

Keywords: Online Defamation, Media, Cause of Action, Communication

JEL Classification: K14, K10,K19

Suggested Citation

Sahu, Manjeet Kumar, Defamation on Social Media: An Adoption of Single Publication Rule (June 4, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2790453 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2790453

Manjeet Kumar Sahu (Contact Author)

National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) ( email )

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India
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University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Students ( email )

Dehradun
India

HOME PAGE: http://nusrl.ac.in

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