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Online defamation position remains unclear after Voller settles and Anti-Trolling Bill lapses

In the wake of the High Court’s landmark decision in Voller, social media platform providers and their insurers are still awaiting clarity on the defamation issues raised in the case.

The Voller decision confirmed that Facebook page operators were liable as ‘publishers’ for defamatory third-party comments left on their social media posts. However, the defence arguments were not fully tested as the matter settled out of court in March 2022. Similarly, potential direction offered in the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2022 – created in response to Voller – is no longer available as the bill lapsed at dissolution in April 2022.

W+K defamation specialists Nick Lux and Alycia Amanatidis explore the ensuing debate over the necessity to redress the Voller decision and the need for an Anti-Trolling Bill.

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