Defamation on Twitter in Ireland
If your good name, the good name of your family, or the good name of your business has been unjustifiably blackened due to defamation on Twitter in Ireland, you have the right to make claims for compensation under the Defamation Act 2009.
However, before exercising your right to make claims for compensation, there are certain considerations that need to be addressed to ensure you have claims for defamation on Twitter that are worth your while to pursue. This article highlights what some of those considerations are.
Prior to Making Claims for Defamation on Twitter
Prior to making claims for defamation on Twitter in Ireland, you need to have evidence that defamatory comments about you, your family or your business were posted on Twitter. If you have heard that somebody posted uncomplimentary comments about you, but have no evidence, any legal action you pursue is likely to be unsuccessful.
It also has to be established that you, your family or your business suffered as a result of the Twitter post. If somebody tweeted a post, but then deleted it soon after, it is unlikely that it will have been widely liked or re-tweeted. The exposure the tweet got might not be considered sufficient to support claims for compensation for defamation on Twitter.
Before commencing legal action, you also need to be aware whether the person who posted the comments has the financial means to pay any compensation awarded to you. If the person guilty of posting harmful tweets is unable to pay a settlement of compensation for defamation on Twitter, legal action will restore your good name, but maybe at the cost of a substantial legal bill.
How Compensation for Defamation on Twitter is Calculated
If you have sufficient evidence of defamation, can prove that you, your family or your business suffered as a result of your good name being blackened, and the guilty party has the financial means to pay a settlement, how much compensation for defamation on Twitter you will entitled to depends on a number of factors.
The nature of the defamation and the extent to which they blackened your good name will be the primary factors considered by your solicitor, or by a jury if your claim goes to court. The period of time before the harmful comments were deleted and the number of retweets and likes the comments received will also contribute to how much compensation for defamation on Twitter you are entitled to.
If the defamatory comments were made by a person or persons with significant influence in your community, you may also receive punitive damages. The amount of punitive damages is not influenced by the other factors, but is a punishment against the guilty party to prevent them from making unjustified, defamatory comments in the future.
Speak with a Solicitor for Defamation on Twitter Advice
Making claims for defamation on Twitter in Ireland is a sensitive issue. Sometimes going too far to restore your good name can have negative consequences, and you should consider whether you want to recover compensation for the injury you, your family or your business has suffered or simply have the blackening of your good name reversed.
For sensitive and practical legal advice about making claims for defamation on Twitter, we invite you to call our claims helpline to discuss the nature of the defamatory tweets and the injury that they have caused.
We will consider the nature of the defamatory tweets, investigate the exposure they may have had and the financial status of the person who posted them on Twitter before advising you whether or not you have a claim for compensation for defamation on Twitter that may be worth your while to pursue.