Many of us nowadays spend a great deal of our time on social media and, in turn, this has led to an increase in social media cases. It is thus important to know what is legally acceptable, or not.
The legal position brought about by an update of the Defamation Act 2013, raised the bar on the “serious harm” test. However, most social media defamation will not meet that test because of a lack of enough publication. Further, those who are being “trolled” on social media are, not only being subjected to defamation of their character, but also harassment. As a result, it is important to bear in mind that if you are subjected to this, there are alternative methods that can be used, such as requesting the online offender to remove the offensive content, or to threaten them with a lawsuit if they fail to do so.
If you want more information on this area, please contact a member of the Litigation Team.