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Australian news outlets can be sued for social media comments

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In a landmark ruling, Australian media companies will now be held liable for any defamatory comments their users make on their social media posts

The decision is likely to have major impacts on the way news outlets and other organisations post online.

It follows the case of a former teenage prisoner suing Nine Entertainment and News Corp over comments posted under their articles about his treatment whilst behind bars.

Both companies could now face damages.

Experts believe this world-first judgment will have a major influence on jurisdictions right around the globe

Over the four-year legal battle, the media companies both argued that they were not liable because they are not the publishers of the comments.

However, this argument was among many rejected by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, which ruled against the news organisations back in 2019.

This judgment was then upheld by the High Court of Australia this week.

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Prince Harry and Elton John take legal action against the Daily Mail

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The celebrities allege the paper was involved in phone-tapping and privacy breaches.

Some of the allegations include bugging private telephone calls, paying police for sensitive information and impersonating the celebrities for medical records.

The individuals became distressed after learning of the privacy breaches.

Meanwhile, it’s believed the journalists still hold senior positions of authority and power today.

The newspaper is denying the allegations.

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Kayne reacts to ‘white lives matter’ t-shirt backlash

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It’s been a massive week for Kayne West after he stirred the pot with his fashion show

He stepped out wearing this ‘white lives matter’ t-shirt and social media went nuts.

The 45-year-old rapper sat down with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson to discuss the shirt and his views on controversial topics like abortion.

West says wearing the shirt “was funny and talked to Carlson about supporting Donald Trump.

The rapper was the former president’s most famous supporter and didn’t shy away from wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hat in public.

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High school teacher charged for allegedly sending nudes to a student

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A teacher has been charged after allegedly sending nudes to one of her students

44-year-old April Viney is facing two charges with two felony counts of the dissemination of obscenity.

The online high school student claimed the teacher sent a nude photo and video to them.

Before her arrest, witnesses were interviewed and the teacher’s phone and social media accounts were investigated.

After posting a $50,000 bond she has since been released to her home.

Viney has been teaching since at least 2002 and has been suspended without pay.

She had been teaching English at West Iredell High School in North Carolina since 2019.

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