The NSW Court of Appeal's Dylan Voller decision means the media may be liable for the hurtful things users write on social pages. This will have many media companies in a panic.
Defamation law reform is on the horizon. Social media companies may be held more liable for what they publish. But this could come at the expense of everyday users.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
A trend of defamation cases going digital has led to a review of defamation law in New South Wales.