Social Media - Cyber trap door to defamation

Coleen Lewis

Abstract

Social media is increasing being used by persons worldwide. The nature and characteristics of social media serve to advance the exercise of the human right to freedom of expression. This article argues that while these qualities of social media has its positives, it also conversely exacerbate the risk of social media users being culpable for claims of defamation worldwide.
The recently enacted Jamaican Defamation Act 2013 includes provisions which are applicable to publications via social media. This article will review those.

 

Keywords

Social Media; Online Defamation; Freedom of Expression; Jamaican Defamation Act; Internet

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