A secondary school teacher has been awarded $105,000 by District Court Judge Michael Elkiam. This Australian landmark case is the first time a social media Twitter defamation case has reached to trial in Australia.
Back in November 2012 a person posted a series of defamatory comments on Twitter and Facebookabout a High School Teacher who had replaced the Tweeters father in the role of High School Music teacher.
This decision is a reminder to brand owners, company owners as well as individuals that social media networks, whether large or small are publishing platforms in the eyes of the law and defamation on these channels can result in high penalties for people who are proven to have defamed.
This is a timely reminder to all Directors, Company Owners and Boards need to ensure that they have social media policies in place for their staff.
Stephen Duggan is the Chief Engagement Officer at the Social Tonik. The Company help’s businesses across the globe to create, connect and engage with their communities by creating on-line social experiences that integrate business intelligence, social networks & mobile technologies. Our mission is to provide interactive solutions to assist organisation’s to optimise their on-line presence and to drive this medium to its fullest potential by developing tailor-made on-line strategies for our clients to ensure their objectives and outcomes are achieved.