What is Social Media Defamation?

In the recent years with the elevation of social networks and online report the risk of defamation content reaching wide audiences has increased. It has become easier to share false information about a person or business through easily available internet. When a person or business is defamed on a social media platform (Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn etc.), they may consider prosecuting defamation against the offending party.

Statements that lead to defamatory information are:

  • Address someone as corrupt, dishonest or unfaithful
  • Notify someone as accused of doing an illegal act
  • Ridicule a person in a way that harms his/her reputation
  • Proclaim that someone has an infectious disease, is suffering from dementia, even if there is no suggestion of bad health
  • In general terms, defamation occurs when a person deliberately spread information about another person, group people or small company who hurts their reputation.
  • A person can be defamed by any medium or action, for example, through print, photos, or the Internet.
  • Injury cases related to the Internet and social media are relatively new, but similar principles apply.
  • A person who has not created defamatory material, but only shares it (for example, by tweeting “a tweet”), he can also be found guilty of defamation.

In the context of social media and defamation law, social media is no different from other forms of publication and it is a fact that social media can assist in the transmission and this increases the risk.

What if I am accused of defamation by social media?

If you are accused of defamation, you must hire Australian defamation lawyers who are aware of the legal costs (and) who will manage the matter so that decisions can be taken in a way to maximize the legal cost recovery from the other parties.

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