Rise and Risk of Libel on Social Media Essay

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Rise and Risk of Libel on Social Media

Social media is a fascinating and compelling form of interaction between people all over the world. It allows us to dispatch information to the public swiftly but unlike broadcasting through radio or television, there is no gatekeeper. Information that is put on the Internet never really goes away and because of its instantaneous feed to the public, it can cause irreparable damages. These damages include a rising growth of defamation cases involving online content found on social networks. Social media has become a hotspot for potentially libelous statements. Lawsuits involving social media usually concern claims of defamation. Defamation is any statement that that can hurt an individual or
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Colter made these claims on Facebook and his personal blog. He also created a Facebook page created to have others join and boycott the business. His personal blog “urged readers to fight the company that fired the woman without cause who is fighting stage four melanoma” (Governo). The Clay Corporation, a car dealership, sued Colter for defamation, filed and injunction and wanted 1.5 million dollars.

Courts agreed that the Clay Corporation was “severely and adversely impacted by the defendant’s social media campaign, and that is suffered a loss over $100,000 higher than normal” (Governo). Clay Corporation has already proved that the defamatory statement was published recklessly online, it was about their company, and that it hurt them financially and prevented potential consumers from coming to them. The defendant had the intention to hurt their company’s reputation. The plaintiff won the defamation case.

In terms of injunction, an order from a court telling a person or company to perform or refrain from some act, the Clay Corporation came back in September of 2012 to get a final decision (Middleton, 355). “To establish an injunction in Massachusetts the plaintiff must show, likelihood of success on the merits, that irreparable harm will result if the injunction is denied, and that the risk of irreparable harm to the plaintiff outweighs the potential harm to the defendant in

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