Supreme Court guidance on the interpretation of potentially defamatory social media comments is particularly important for family and tech lawyers, as Laurence Toczek explains

Family and technology lawyers need to note the Supreme Court’s recent judgment in Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17 which contains useful guidance on the approach to be adopted in defamation proceedings arising from statements made on social media. The latest statistics reveal there are 45 million social media users in the UK with the figure rising each year, so this is a matter of great importance. NOT WHAT I MEANT In Stocker, the marriage between the claimant and the defendant broke down and the claimant began a relationship with another woman. The defendant had an exchange on Facebook with the other woman in which she made various derogatory remarks about the claimant, including an allegation that the claimant had “tried to...

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