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Defamation by using Facebook

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009jim View Drop Down

Joined: 19/March/2014
Location: Australia
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  Quote 009jim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Defamation by using Facebook
    Posted: 19/March/2014 at 14:52
Suppose I use Facebook and someone posts some defamatory comments that get shared to the extent they eventually appear on my view. Now suppose I use the space below the defamatory comments, to make a comment of my own that is not defamatory in itself. By the act of commenting, this causes the original defamatory material to be re-published to a wider audience that now includes my friends. My friends will now see the original defamatory comments, drafted by others, plus my non-defamatory comments, plus everyone else's comments. Am I committing an act of defamation? Note, I did not share the publication, rather, I commented on the publication and by doing that caused the publication to be re-published.

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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/March/2014 at 16:54
The short answer is that this is a good reason not to have a social media account.

Others will give you the longer answer. For my part, I have listened to my own advice and do not have such an account.

Be very clear in your own mind about what constitutes defamation, just being rude or obnoxious is not necessarily defamatory.

I am NOT a lawyer. Anything said is NOT legal advice.

Please post your legal questions in a forum rather than sending a PM. Thanks.

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