Internet Issues/Social Media

Online and Social Media Defamation in Today's Age

, New York Law Journal

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In her Internet Issues/Social Media column, Shari Claire Lewis of Rivkin Radler writes: Social media's emerging role, combined with the extreme divisions so evident in our country, have caused the courts to consider application of pre-Internet legal standards to defamation and other torts brought in response to tweets, Facebook posts, and content on other social media platforms. Recently, a number of courts have considered the context provided by social media and how online forums impact the reader's expectation of truth and the distinction between fact and opinion.

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