Trolling Twitter: Defamation in an Online World

Trolling Twitter: Defamation in an Online World

Jessica A. Magaldi, Wade Davis Journal of Critical Incidents
January 01, 2017
SKU: BUS-629

Region of the world: North America
Topic: Strategy & General Management, Ethics & Social Justice, Marketing & Sales
Keywords: constitutional law, internet law, First Amendment, free speech, social media, defamation, libel, slander, public figure, torts, Twitter
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This critical incident stems from an extended exchange of comments over Twitter between film actor James Woods and an anonymous Twitter user under the pseudonym “Abe List.” Both users seemed to revel in the messy, rambunctious, and often impolite milieu of Twitter. In the course of their Twitter war, Abe List tweeted, “cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting.” The comment made use of the popular internet meme of asking whether someone is “high” or “smoking crack” to challenge that person’s position as crazy or outrageous. Woods sued Abe List, characterizing his tweet as defamation and alleging that Abe List had jeopardized Woods’ good name and reputation. Had the 140-character free-for-all that the two engaged in left Abe List vulnerable to a claim of defamation? Could Abe List be liable for tweets that were very much like Woods’ own tweets?

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