The Court of Appeal recently ruled that if you publish comments on Facebook, even on what you believe to be a semi-public wall (to a closed group of Facebook users), you are still responsible for such posts.

In this case, the comments were found to amount to libel (the written art of defamation) and the person who posted them was culpable.

This case highlights the fact that social media sites are not exempt from defamation laws. Facebook operates a takedown policy and users can complain about posts themselves. Whether or not Facebook agrees with a complaint, users can fall back on the courts - which is generally only used as a place of last resort. 

For more information and advice on this area, please feel free to contact Martin Noble on 0116 257 4472 or martin.noble@shma.co.uk