Defamation suits double because of social media

“But I was just reading in the current National Law Journal that 258 defamation cases are currently being tracked. The primary driver was blog content. That’s 258, compared with 110 last year. On Twitter, people are limited to 140 characters. On a blog, you can go on and on. There’s a lot of ranting. I can’t tell you of a situation that directly led to someone’s home being burglarized. If people are going away and their teenage daughter has 200 friends on Facebook and she tells them all about the family’s vacation, are all those people really friends? The likelihood definitely exists that the information could be co-opted or misused. It all seems safe enough in that kind of virtual community, but there are bad actors out there and the bad actors are always going to be out there. People need to be vigilant.”


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