STOLTENBERG V BOLTON; LODER V BOLTON  NSWCA 45 (20 MARCH 2020) (MACFARLAN JA AT , GLEESON JA AT , BRERETON JA AT )
The New South Wales Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal in respect of a first instance decision of the Supreme Court that found a series of posts and comments about the former Mayor of the Narrabri Shire Council made on a Facebook page were defamatory.
The trial judge found that a comment endorsing a defamatory post was sufficient to attract liability as a secondary publisher of the defamatory post.
On Appeal, the court agreed that the principles of secondary publication are well established, and refused leave to appeal.
Online odd jobs platform Service Seeking has been fined $600,000 for falsely representing that reviews on its platform were written by customers when in fact they were written by the businesses themselves.
See ACCC release: https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/service-seeking-to-pay-penalty-for-misleading-online-‘customer’-reviews
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