You can be held accountable for what you say on the internet

Dickwad“I want to sincerely apologize to them for any personal or professional damages my actions may have caused them.” – Zack Bradley, journalism student

Great post on why everyone posting online needs to be aware of defamation issues. MacLeans: How not to grovel

Brian Burke’s lawsuit serves as a useful tool to remind anyone who posts a comment or tweets online to carefully consider the content of their post.  The message delivered by the B.C. court in Brian Burke’s case couldn’t be clearer. Comment online with malice at your peril: What Brian Burke’s defamation lawsuit means for social media.

This is a follow-up to my recent post: Someone else finally said “Enough”

A relevant comment: “you can easily get out of any and all liability by showing what you wrote was true. If it wasn’t true and you said it anyway, then the consequences are yours to suck up. That’s the price you pay for being a liar.
Don’t lie then there is no problem, what a novel concept.”

Update: This column in the Calgary Herald reinforces what I’m saying: Uncivil discourse in the social media is growing. “Were these people jerks before the advent of the internet yet had no venue to spout off, or have they, at least partially, become what they have because of the example set by other people?”


2 responses to “You can be held accountable for what you say on the internet

  1. I should have been a contender.....

    Unless a post is signed, forget it. Try to get a court order for an ISP to turn over personal data. Unless it is state security or someone is threatening to kill you, good luck. You might get a ruling from a judge saying that yes, you have been defamed, but you will never put a real name to the posting or collect a dime. Not in this country.

    I’ve already accomplished it. It was a complicated and lengthy process, but I eventually obtained his real name, real address, real phone number, real email. I’ve seen him in person during the discovery process. Not only that, but the guy has paid my legal expenses for finding him. It’s called a Norwich order. Read more -Bob

  2. I should have been a contender.....

    Thanks Bob. Is the case archived in the public domain?

    if someone wants to remain anonymous on the web, there is very little that a regular person can do to find them. The NSA, yes, but not any of us. New email accounts, proxy servers, free public wifi, fake MAC, etc. Going through Facebook? Idiots.

    Good blog.

    All court records are public, but I don’t think this one can be found on the internet, at least not yet. -Bob

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