29 Aug '11, 1pm

Facebook & Twitter have led to a rise in online defamation claims, with the number of "Internet libel" cases doubling

LONDON - Facebook and Twitter have led to a rise in online defamation claims, with research indicating that the number of "Internet libel" cases has doubled. In the last year, 16 libel claimants cited material published on the Internet in their legal actions. This compares to just seven cases the year before, according to statistics complied by legal information firm Sweet and Maxwell. The rise has been disclosed as social networking websites become the new front line in the debate over Britain's libel laws. In March, Mr Colin Elsbury, a Caerphilly county councillor, was ordered to pay £3,000 (S$5,923) in damages and costs to a political rival over false claims of wrongdoing made on Twitter. And in May, it was revealed that South Tyneside Council went to court in the United States to force the website to reveal the identities of an anonymous user it claimed had libelled of...

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