Tuesday 24 April 2018

Eamon Delaney: Facebook case may force some order on the web

THE news that Facebook is to be sued in Ireland by the international privacy campaign group 'europe-v-facebook' has major implications for the regulation of the internet, and may be only the first step in a fight back by concerned citizens against the free-for-all of the much vaunted 'new media'.

Last week, for example, we had a judgment in the Irish courts where investors in an oil exploration company in the US secured a court order forcing those who have posted negative comments about the company to reveal themselves and forcing them to stop the activity – which has been dramatically affecting the company's share price.

"Wholly untrue" defamatory postings claimed that the company's drilling project in Nevada was a "scam" by "liars", which not only led to a share price fall but damaged the company's reputation and ability to raise funds to exploit oil discoveries.

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