Lords debate defamation

Following several changes being made the Defamation Bill it has gone to the Lords. The most significant amendment is a new clause that, once judgement has been given, allows the court to order a website operator to remove the defamatory statement. This is necessary in a case where the website owner did not themselves post the defamatory statement. Another change is that a defence cannot be that the website operator moderates the statements posted by others. There is also clarification on the fact that the claimant must have enough information about the suspected defendant in order to bring proceedings.

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