Global: defamation and social media

Across the globe, social networking via the internet is on the rise. In 2012, on average, there were 850 million active users of Facebook each month and 175 million tweets each day. Consequently people’s statements, opinions and remarks have the capacity to disseminate more widely, quickly and uncontrollably than ever before. This raises a number of difficult questions in the area of defamation where, up to recently, the law has developed on the basis of more traditional means of communication.

This article looks at how the existing laws of different jurisdictions, the UK, the US and Italy, treat defamation claims relating to social media, and how policymakers are reacting to ensure that those laws work effectively…

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