Be careful what you post is the message from law firm Slater and Gordon which is dealing with a revival of defamation cases in Australia off the back of intense social media use.
The law firm says 48% of all defamation enquiries received last financial year were related to social media and 43% involved a Facebook post.
According to the Australian, defamation layer Jeremy Zimet says while not all enquiries ended up in full-blown legal action, there are cases.
In NSW one student was ordered to cough up $105,000 for defaming a teacher on Twitter and in WA a woman had to pay more than $12,000 to her former husband after posting claims about him on Facebook.
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