An ongoing lawsuit in British Columbia could help define what responsibility online platforms have once they are notified that content on their site is defamatory, Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler says.
The matter involves a businessman who is suing Twitter over its “role in policing defamatory or hateful speech” on the website, reports The Globe and Mail.
“I hope that the plaintiff sees this action through to the end because it involves a really important legal principle in Canada that needs to be clarified,” says Winkler, principal and founder of Winkler Dispute Resolution.
He says defamatory postings on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been a serious problem for individuals and businesses for a long time.
Read the full article Case may clarify how platforms treat defamatory content: Winkler on the AdvocateDaily.com website.