A recent case regarding defamation on social media is timely reminder about being vigilant about what is posted by you on the internet.
In a recent New South Wales court case the Plaintiff was awarded $150,000.00 in compensation after the Defendant made a Facebook post claiming that accommodation facilities operated by the Plaintiff harboured paedophiles. This post ultimately led to the Plaintiff being threatened, seriously assaulted and practically driven out of town despite previously enjoying having an untarnished reputation in the local community. There was no factual basis provided for the allegations.
The presiding Judge made the comment in her sentencing remarks that “The anonymity, instantaneousness and wide-ranging reach of the Internet and social media make it a dangerous tool in the hands of persons who see themselves as caped crusaders or whistleblowers, or alternatively want to humiliate or “troll” other members of the community for the purpose of gratifying their own wishes or fears or for the purpose of gaining attention.”
This post is general information only. It is not a substitute for legal advice from a lawyer. If you have a legal issue, you should always contact your lawyer to obtain advice that is relevant to your circumstances.