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For the last time, President Trump can't change U.S. libel law

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to change U.S. libel law to crack down on news organizations that publish information he finds objectionable. But could he actually make good on his threat? Several First Amendment experts reached by Poynter say President Trump couldn't amend libel law simply because there is no federal statute governing libel. Further, any changes to existing libel … Read More
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Jury finds Courtney Love did not defame in first American Twibel trial

SPIN After a seven-day trial and a few hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of Courtney Love in the first defamation trial in the U.S. involving a tweet. According to SPIN Magazine, the jury was not convinced Love published the tweet with a reckless disregard for the truth: While the 12-person jury agreed that Love's public … Read More
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How Courtney Love and U.S.'s first Twitter libel trial could impact journalists

How does defamation law apply in the context of Twitter? We may find out very soon thanks to Courtney Love, who is the first person to defend an allegedly defamatory tweet in a U.S. courtroom when the Gordon & Holmes v. Love trial began yesterday. A handful of Twitter libel, or Twibel, cases have been filed in the past (see … Read More
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