Social media and the Internet are a wonderful invention, but they also present a potentially unique breeding ground for libelous statements. Many people have learned too late that the Internet allows people to say what they want too freely. Although many web sites have a rigorous vetting process to remove defamatory content, a large number of posts still find their way onto the net.
Internet is instant
A new trend in defamation law has emerged. Since communication over the Internet is instant, borderless, and impersonal, it is much easier to be slandered. While it may not be as effective as other forms of defamation, the anonymity of these communications may make it more likely to result in legal action. The expanding pace of web-based media slam cases is a worrying sign.
In light of the recent ruling in Pritchard, courts are adjusting to the realities of social media. They have taken steps to make it clear that people who make and post content on social media can be held responsible for their posts and comments. While this may seem counterintuitive at first, it is important to remember that this approach does not extend to the posts or comments you create. Instead, it applies to comments that others share.