NZCity: Sydney surgeon sues Google over negative reviews, but tech giant claims it is ‘subordinate distributor’

NZCity: Sydney surgeon sues Google over negative reviews, but tech giant claims it is ‘subordinate distributor’. “A prominent Sydney plastic surgeon suing Google for defamation over business reviews invited the ‘robust public criticism’ by using ‘puffery and hyperbole’ in his own advertising, the tech giant claims.”

Gizmodo: Australian Court Rules Media Orgs Are Liable for Defamation Posted to Facebook by Random Users

Gizmodo: Australian Court Rules Media Orgs Are Liable for Defamation Posted to Facebook by Random Users. “An Australian Court has ruled that media organizations are liable for anything defamatory that’s published to the public Facebook pages of those media companies, even if it’s just posted by a random Facebook user.”

Patch: GA City Officials May Be Allowed To Sue Social Media Critics

Patch: GA City Officials May Be Allowed To Sue Social Media Critics. “City officials are considering passing a law that would allow them to sue anyone on social media who they believe have defamed them. The ordinance, set to come before the Peachtree City council on Thursday, would allow a council member, the city manager or any city worker to sue its residents, at taxpayer expense, for damages.”

Kokomo Perspective: How social media devastated two local restaurants

Kokomo Perspective: How social media devastated two local restaurants . “It may only take seconds to click post, but in the internet age, social media posts can almost instantly devastate restaurants that have existed for decades in the community. That’s what two business owners have learned in recent months, falling victim to social media posts that cost them thousands of dollars in lost profit. One restaurant, Great Wall, is in the midst of informal legal negotiations that may or may not result in a civil suit after one Facebook user falsely claimed maggots were in the establishment’s napkin dispensers.”

Gizmodo: When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life

Gizmodo: When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life. “Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. She sells houses—she’s a real estate agent at Re/Max—helping others realize their own American dream. But in September 2015, she was suddenly plunged into an American nightmare. She got a call at 6 a.m. one morning from a colleague at Re/Max telling her something terrible had been posted about her on the Re/Max Facebook page. Glennon thought at first she meant that a client had left her a bad review, but it turned out to be much worse than that.”

TechCrunch: Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

TechCrunch: Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family. “A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook. Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10 photos, videos and comments on the social network that violate Thailand’s strict lèse majesté regulations that outlaw criticism of the royal family, according to free speech group iLaw.”