Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Social Networking, Anonymity, Defamation, and Privacy

Eva Nagle, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Department of Law, has published 'Unringing' the Bell that Has Sounded so Loudly: Maintaining Anonymity When Suing for Defamation and Breach of Privacy in the Internet Realm. Here is the abstract.

Social networking websites have become a far more potent tool than merely a means of posting photographs of your last holiday online. They can be used to create a “buzz” around a new business, to organise a protest or to assist with some amateur detective work - which was at the centre of the Irish “Internet privacy” case of McKeogh v John Doe 1 (User Name Daithii4u) and others (hereafter, McKeogh).

It is axiomatic that these novel uses of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube create serious implications for privacy and defamation law in the online world. Some of the contemporary challenges to privacy law that are posed by such websites are encapsulated in the case of McKeogh.



Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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