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Law and Media Round Up – 30 January 2023

Independent MP, Andrew Bridgen, has said he will sue the former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, for £100,000 in defamation over a tweet in which Hancock accused him of spreading “antisemitic, anti-vax, anti-scientific conspiracy theories.” Bridgen lost the Tory whip after his remarks and was widely criticised by members of all political parties. Bridgen’s case is supported by the Bad Law Project and the Reclaim Party. The Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Independent covered the threatened action. Continue reading

Case Law: Riley v Sivier, Public interest defence fails at trial – Radha Bhatt and Rosalind Comyn

Rachel Riley loses latest round of libel case with blogger Mike Sivier over claims she 'harassed' a teenagerIn Riley v Sivier [2022] EWHC 2891 (KB) TV presenter Rachel Riley succeeded in her libel claim against blogger Michael Sivier in a judgment handed down on 16 November 2022 by Mrs Justice Steyn. Dismissing the Defendant’s public interest defence, Mrs Justice Steyn awarded Rachel Riley £50,000 in damages and granted an injunction requiring Michael Sivier to remove the article and refrain from repeating it or words to similar effect again. Continue reading

United States: What social media regulation could look like: Think of pipelines, not utilities – Theodore J Kury

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, and his controversial statements and decisions as its owner, have fueled a new wave of calls for regulating social media companies. Elected officials and policy scholars have argued for years that companies like Twitter and Facebook – now Meta – have immense power over public discussions and can use that power to elevate some views and suppress others. Continue reading

Case Law, CJEU: TU, RE v Google LLC: A step forward in the rational regulation of data? – Persephone Bridgman Baker and Katherine Silverleaf

The recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case of TU, RE v Google LLC ([2022] EUECJ C-460/20) answered two questions referred to it by the German court regarding the delisting of results generated by search engines on the basis that they contain inaccurate information. Continue reading

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