Facebook Defamation: first or primary publishers in Australia watch out!

New South Wales Court of Appeal confirms Australian mainstream media outlets were liable as operators of Facebook Page posts of defamatory comments published by third parties.

Cat and mouse game
Business entities should take note of online bots, trolls and unsavoury characters on the internet that permit public comments on their social media page. Where business shares similar risks to the media outlets, it may be prudent to consider keyword or content filters.

First instance (initial proceedings)
Judgment summary

On appeal