Isparta Facebook defamation case highlights a fundamental legal question

The recent Isparta v Richter and Another case in the Pretoria High Court expands on an earlier Facebook defamation case in the Johannesburg High Court and addresses a question that most people assume is answered from the start: does the defamatory material relate to the person who claims to be wronged? This case also makes an important point about the kind of compensation successful litigants are likely to receive. It’s not as much as you might expect.

Your Oscar Pistorius conjecture could get you sued

In all likelihood, most of the conjecture about Pistorius’ guilt is defamatory and the question is whether those defamatory statements are justifiable and that remains to be seen. If you are engaged in a debate about the case, it may be prudent for you to be measured in your statements and avoid potentially prejudicial declarations.

Johannesburg High Court rules on Facebook defamation

The innocuous looking case of H v W which was handed down in the South Gauteng High Court on 30 January 2013 is anything but. Judge Willis’ 30 page judgment recognises the harm a Facebook post can do to a person’s reputation and throws the weight of the Court behind the person defamed (and who can afford the legal fees).

Facebook Graph Search challenges contextual privacy further

A short overview Challenging contextual privacy expectations Facebook announced a semantic and social search feature called Graph Search last week. Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves asContinue reading “Facebook Graph Search challenges contextual privacy further”

What Facebook’s new privacy controls mean for users

Facebook recently announced changes to some of its privacy controls which are, on the whole, positive changes. For the most part, these changes are focused on giving users more information about how and where their as well as giving them more control over how their personal information is shared on Facebook. The announcement on theContinue reading “What Facebook’s new privacy controls mean for users”

What changes to Facebook’s governance structure mean for users

An Overview of the Proposed Changes Introduction Facebook’s changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Used Policy generally attract a fair amount of attention and consternation. It’s latest changes are no exception and while there is reason for some concern, the proposed changes won’t have the radical impact many fear itContinue reading “What changes to Facebook’s governance structure mean for users”

SA Judge approves service of court papers using Facebook

Judge Esther Steyn, sitting in the Durban High Court, made history yesterday when she approved service of court documents on Peter Odendaal, a defendant in a trial action in that court. It appears from a report on IOL that Mr Odendaal’s attorneys withdrew from the matter and did not leave a current address for MrContinue reading “SA Judge approves service of court papers using Facebook”

Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it

Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities is Facebook’s terms of use and it governs a number of aspects of your Facebook use. Clause 10 has a set of clauses which privacy conscious users should be aware of and consider carefully: About Advertisements and Other Commercial Content Served or Enhanced by Facebook Our goal is toContinue reading “Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it”