Social Media & Defamation

Saturday , 24, October 2015 Leave a comment

CASE : Mohareb v Palmer (No 2) [2015] NSWDC 141

Guy claims he was defamed on Face Book in a post that alleged that he was violent, mentally unstable and sociopathic.

Outcome : A Court enforced settlement agreement where the defendant was forced into a public apology and retraction.

Moral of the Story :
This case shows Australian courts can deal with disputes involving social media, and will accept posts on Face Book as evidence.

Although the plaintiff was not awarded damages, the person who made the offending post had to make the public apology and pay costs of the proceedings.

Supreme Court of Victoria deals with the question “Who is a publisher of Facebook comments for purposes of defamation?”


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