On September 8, 2021, the High Court ruled that the media are legally responsible for defamatory comments made by the public on posts published on an organization’s Facebook pages. The move has ramifications for all media organizations that operate social media pages or have commenting features on their websites. If the default setting to allow comments on an article is not changed, this is considered an invitation or encouragement to comment. If someone posts a defamatory comment, the media organization that owns the page is legally considered a “publisher” of the comments and can be sued.
Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal action under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77, the anonymous comments or Nom de Plume should not be available – but try as I do. can is like raising cats to get people to conform. Ultimately, it’s up to the moderator to either allow it as written or make changes to make it acceptable. If I don’t know you your comment WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED
NOTE to those who wish to comment: Why don’t you tell us your name. Make a comment and own it. Have a conversation, but let the other person know who you are. If you are hiding behind a pseudonym, it might be because you work for the Council, live in a small witty town that will ask for your opinion, or just enjoy the humor of fancy naming yourself. .
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