Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mixed reaction to Facebook defamation ruling*


MIXED reactions followed yesterday's High Court ruling that a woman must compensate the victims of defamatory remarks about them posted on her Facebook page.

In the absence of legislation, the landmark ruling by Justice Frank Seepersad will govern the use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as communication applications, including WhatsApp and Viber.

Anyone found responsible by the court for publishing statements that attempt to assassinate another person's character could face penalties similar to those imposed on mainstream media houses for defamation.

 

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