NSW Government (Australia): National defamation reform for search engines and social media opens for comment

NSW Government (Australia): National defamation reform for search engines and social media opens for comment. “Australians are invited to have their say on new proposals released today to modernise national defamation law for search engines and social media sites. NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said the reforms, led by NSW, focus on the extent to which internet intermediaries should be liable for reputation-damaging material published by third party users online.”

Neos Kosmos: Archbishop Makarios sues blogger for defamation

Neos Kosmos: Archbishop Makarios sues blogger for defamation. “Archbishop Makarios Grinezakis claims a blogger has falsely accused him of misappropriating millions of church dollars to fund a palatial apartment on Sydney Harbour and luxurious lifestyle while covering up abuse and dealing in bribes. The head of the Orthodox Church in Australia has appeared often on Greek Flash News blog penned by Alkis Morelas.”

ABC News (Australia): High Court asked to decide if search engine giant Google is a publisher of content

ABC News (Australia): High Court asked to decide if search engine giant Google is a publisher of content. “Google and Melbourne lawyer George Defteros are set for a showdown in the High Court of Australia today over whether the search engine giant is classified as a publisher or not. Mr Defteros successfully sued Google in 2020 for $40,000, after it failed to take down a story he said had defamed him.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google admits John Barilaro was defamed in YouTube videos, court told

Sydney Morning Herald: Google admits John Barilaro was defamed in YouTube videos, court told. “Internet giant Google has agreed it published defamatory claims about former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro in two YouTube videos and when the case proceeds to trial next week it will mainly explore how much should be paid in damages, a court has been told. Mr Barilaro sued Google, which owns YouTube, and political commentator Jordan Shanks in the Federal Court last year alleging he was defamed by videos published on the Friendlyjordies channel titled bruz and Secret Dictatorship.”

City AM: Google settles libel lawsuit with Tory MP over defamatory ‘paedophile’ advert

City AM: Google settles libel lawsuit with Tory MP over defamatory ‘paedophile’ advert. “Google has settled a libel lawsuit brought forward by Conservative party MP Lee Anderson, after the tech company displayed adverts falsely accusing Anderson of protecting peadophiles. Google Ireland issued an apology to Anderson and settled the case out of court, after it hosted a political advert from campaign group ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ on political news website Guido Fawkes.”

New York Daily News: Cardi B wins $1.25 million defamation lawsuit against celebrity blogger who made false statements

New York Daily News: Cardi B wins $1.25 million defamation lawsuit against celebrity blogger who made false statements. “Cardi B was awarded $1.25 million Monday by a jury that agreed with her lawsuit against celebrity blogger Tasha K for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Tasha K, whose given name is Latasha Kebe, had spread false allegations that Cardi B had herpes, used cocaine and worked as a prostitute.”

‘A coward’s palace’: Australian PM slams social media amid defamation law controversy (Reuters)

Reuters: ‘A coward’s palace’: Australian PM slams social media amid defamation law controversy. “Australia’s prime minister lambasted social media on Thursday as ‘a coward’s palace’, saying platforms should be treated as publishers when defamatory comments by unidentified people are posted, pouring fuel on a raging debate over the country’s libel laws.”

Jalopnik: Tesla Sues For Defamation Over Social Media Posts

Jalopnik: Tesla Sues For Defamation Over Social Media Posts. “Last year, a Chinese court found Tesla guilty of sales fraud after a Model S sold as accident-free was found to have major structural damage. Now, after losing an appeal on the case, the company is suing to have evidence of the case stricken from social media. While this isn’t the first time Tesla has threatened to sue over social media posts, this particular case is a unique one. Not only has this suit actually been filed, but it’s a direct response to posts about the previous sales fraud case. Tesla is demanding damages from Han Chao, who filed the fraud case.”

Indian Express: PIL against Google for showing Kannada as ‘ugliest language’ withdrawn after its apology

Indian Express: PIL against Google for showing Kannada as ‘ugliest language’ withdrawn after its apology. “The Karnataka High Court Wednesday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to initiate legal action against Google India, after a query on the search engine for the ‘ugliest language in India’ returned Kannada as the answer.”

Hartford Courant: Judge orders blogger who frequently criticizes Hartford Police Department to turn over laptop as part of civil suit

Hartford Courant: Judge orders blogger who frequently criticizes Hartford Police Department to turn over laptop as part of civil suit . “A Connecticut judge has ordered blogger Kevin Brookman — a frequent critic of the Hartford Police Department — to turn over his laptop and cellphone as part of a police lieutenant’s quest to identify and sue anonymous commenters who disparaged him on Brookman’s site.”