Facebook Users Liable for All Comments Under Their Posts, According to Australia High Court

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 05:07:47 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://gizmodo.com/facebook-users-liable-for-all-comments-under-their-post-1847633797>

"Australia’s High Court, roughly the equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court, has
ruled that Facebook users are responsible for the content of complete strangers
who post defamatory comments on their posts. The ruling upholds a June 2019
ruling by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, home to Australia’s largest
city of Sydney. And it runs counter to how virtually everyone thinks about
liability on the internet."

Via Lisa Stranger, who wrote "if this holds up, social media are dead in
Australia"

See also:

<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210908/11501047524/rupert-murdoch-learns-why-intermediary-liability-protections-matter-australia-says-media-orgs-can-be-sued-over-facebook-comments.shtml>

"Ah, Australia. The country down under has always taken an upside down view on
intermediary liability laws -- quite quick to blame an intermediary for 3rd
party content. Two years ago we wrote about a problematic ruling in Australia
based on the idea that media companies (not just social media companies) could
be held liable for comments on Facebook about their stories. Any common sense
thinking would immediately reveal how ridiculous this is: how can a media
company be held liable for someone else's comments on someone else's website?
Well, the judge noted, because they could hack Facebook and insert a filter to
block comments on their stories with the 100 most common English words, as a
form of pre-vetting every comment. I'm not kidding"

Cheers,
       *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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