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Defamation in the Age of Social Media

July 2015 by Priscilla Blackadder, Nigel Bowen Chambers

As a barrister who specialises in media law, I am increasingly confronted in practice with matters involving the publication of defamatory material on social media sites such as FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.

The age of the Internet and the advent of social media has made many people more aware of the laws of defamation, but many users continue to post materials which could potentially lead them into a very expensive legal battle.