By Jada Loutoo
February 06, 2018 – newsday.co.tt
Social media users beware. You may have to pay if your posts are found to be defamatory. The warning came from Justice Frank Seepersad who yesterday ordered a woman who posted defamatory statements on Facebook, to compensate an entire family. She was sued after a series of post appeared on her page in 2016.
In a ruling in the High Court, Seepersad said the words posted by Janelle Burke were “reckless and scandalous.”
He ordered her to pay compensation and the family’s legal bill, which are to be assessed by a Master of the High Court.
With no legislation to govern the use of social media locally, Seepersad’s ruling has created the precedent for other similar cases where slanderous statements are posted on social media accounts as he has developed a three-step test to specifically address the use of social media and its real-world implications.
YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR MOUTH
IT WASN’T ME, WON’T WORK