Blogger Agrees to Pay Financial Settlement to Melania Trump for Defamation; Canadian Wins $65,000 in Lawsuit Against Neighbor for Facebook Post

First Lady Melania Trump has settled a defamation case against a US blogger who allegedly defamed her. The blogger agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and issued a retraction and apology.

A Canadian in 2016 won $50,000 in general damages, and $15,000 in punitive damages against a neighbor who posted defamatory statements on Facebook. Click.

A teacher in Australia won $12,500 in a defamation lawsuit against his estranged wife who posted on Facebook that he engaged in domestic violence. She was unable to prove it. Click.

A former high school student in Australia was ordered to pay $105,000 after defaming a music teacher on Facebook and Twitter, claiming she was responsible for his father losing his job as a senior teacher at the school. Click.

Facebook makes some effort to remove things that violate the Facebook Terms (ex: pornography, hate speech, threats, graphic violence, bullying and spam), but it’s often difficult to reach a human at Facebook. Details on how to report something can be found in the Help Center:


‘Defamation’ in the News®ion=TopBar&WT.nav=searchWidget&module=SearchSubmit&pgtype=Topic#/defamation

Google News search on recent “Defamation” cases

Can A Simple Hyperlink Be Defamatory? Possibly, at least in Canada.


50 Years Since Landmark Libel Case

In 1964, the US Supreme Court set the “actual malice” standard on defamation of public figures, public officials and celebrities, as distinct from defamation of private persons. Fifty years later, several media organizations have examined the current state of US defamation law.

The Landmark Libel Case, Times v. Sullivan, Still Resonates 50 Years Later  via @forbes

The Uninhibited Press, 50 Years Later 

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment  via @HuffPostPol

At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age …


These Videos Make Students Think. Retrospective Reports on Media Performance

The Wrong Man: Richard Jewell

Stealing the Secrets of the FBI (1971 case)

Taking the Lid Off the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case

About Retro Report:

Retro Report is founded on the conviction that without a smart, engaging and forward-looking review of these high-profile events – and the news coverage surrounding them – we have wasted an opportunity to understand the lessons of history.

The accelerating information age makes reversing this trend only more crucial. With journalistic success increasingly measured in page views, retweets and Facebook likes, there is dwindling interest or ability among news organizations to follow up on the stories they cover.

Complicating matters, the first draft of history can be wrong. When news organizations fail to invest the time and money required to correct the record or provide context around what really happened, myth can replace truth. The results are policy decisions and cultural trends built on error, misunderstanding or flat-out lies.

Retro Report is there to pick up the story after everyone has moved on, connecting the dots from yesterday to today, correcting the record and providing a permanent living library where viewers can gain new insight into the events that shaped their lives.


Celebrity Courtney Love Has Seen Both Sides of Twitter Libel, or ‘Twibel’ Defamation

Singer-actress Courtney Love has so far been involved in two landmark libel cases involving Twitter, or ‘Twibel’ cases as they are now known.

Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Case Against Her Former Attorney. Click for multiple articles.

Courtney Love Settles Twitter Defamation Case, Paying $430,000 to Fashion Designer (2011)


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