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Monday, March 10 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Twibel: Fight Bad Speech with More Speech

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The informal nature of social media conversations makes it a ripe environment for the spreading of rumors and potential falsehoods. Defamation law has aimed to strike a balance between free speech and protecting the reputations of others.
Applying traditional defamation law to social media requires classifying online users and their speech in new ways that have yet to be clarified. While traditional methods may be adequate when the defendant is a mainstream media organization, the existing legal framework is less effective in the social media environment, one that is fast, flexible and free. It is necessary to find a remedy for Twibel that uses defamation law as a tool and not an obstacle. Twibel needs an adaptable remedy that encourages civil discourse among users and deters defamatory speech on Twitter. It is crucial that this remedy considers how technology has fundamentally changed they way people create and consume news and information.

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Catherine Cameron

Professor of Legal SkillsStetson University College Of Law

Monday March 10, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Sheraton Austin, Capitol View South

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