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The High Court ruled the media are liable for Facebook comments on stories. Here’s what that means for you

- September 9, 2021 4 MIN READ

A publisher can be held responsible for defamatory comments readers leave on its Facebook pages, the High Court has ruled, in a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for social media users throughout Australia. This decision may mean anyone who runs a social media page can theoretically be sued over disparaging comments posted by readers… Read more »

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‘Australia has a problem with men who bully women’: leading VC investors write to the AFR about its treatment of Elaine Stead

- July 30, 2021 2 MIN READ

Partners and principals at leading Australian venture capital firms, including Square Peg Capital, Main Sequence Ventures, Giant Leap, Jelix Ventures, and Flying Fox Ventures have signed an open letter to the editor the AFR about what the investment community sees as “an ongoing smear campaign” against colleague Dr Elaine Stead. The letter follows a high… Read more »

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Former VC manager Elaine Stead wins $280,000 defamation payout after ‘slow death’ by journalist

- January 27, 2021 4 MIN READ

Dr Elaine Stead, the former head of venture capital at the now defunct Blue Sky Alternative Investments fund, has been awarded $280,000 in damages a defamation case against the Australian Financial Review and its Rear Window columnist Joe Aston. Stead, who was described as a “feminist cretin” and “venture capital pyromaniac” in a series of… Read more »

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A NSW court has confirmed that media companies are responsible for defamatory comments posted on Facebook

- June 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Part of growing up is learning to take responsibility for the hurtful things you say. As a person who often says stupid things, I often need reminding. Defamation law reflects that lesson. When you say something that hurts another person, it can cost you. A recent decision has stretched this commonsense intuition. According to the… Read more »

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Australia’s Attorney-General says social media should be held as legally accountable as publishers

- November 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms should be treated as publishers, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter believes, making them potentially liable for any defamatory comments published on the sites. The country’s senior lawmaker’s view is that “the playing field is not at all fair at the moment” for traditional media companies when it comes to… Read more »