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Tweet carefully: A lawyer's guide to avoiding twibel


Vincent Filardo Jr. is a Partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.

Aimee R. Kahn is an Associate at the law firm Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.

Social media’s massive reach assists in the speedy flow of information. Its proper use can give you great credibility and a competitive edge when your business requires fast dissemination of information. On the other hand, when you or someone associated with you commits a social media blunder, you may be held legally responsible.

Defamation is a legal claim involving injury to someone’s reputation by falsely stating a fact and includes both libel (the written word) and slander (the spoken word). “Twibel,” a libelous tweet, is fast becoming a concern among social media users. Fortunately, there are a few basic precautions that may reduce the risk of Twibel.

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