I Am Wondering Just How Worried I Should Be With This Ruling? Are Comments Too Dangerous To Me?

This appeared last week:Any Facebook account ‘open to defamation’Deborah CornwallZoe Samios12:00AM July 6, 2019Anyone who has a social media account with a comments section — be it a blog, Facebook or YouTube channel — should regard themselves as fair game for a defamation action in Australia, a media law expert has warned.The warning follows a world-first judgment by the NSW ­Supreme Court that media companies were ­liable for any defamatory comments made by third parties on their Facebook pages, even if they didn’t know the ­offending comments were there.Peter Barnett, a partner with the country’s largest law firm, Minte r Ellison, said he believed the public did not understand the implications of the ruling last month. “It applies well beyond the media, whether it’s individuals or small businesses or one of Australia’s largest companies,” said Mr Barnett, who acts for Nine newspapers.  “If they have a website and someone posts a potentially ­defamatory comment on their site —... This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
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