GPs could be stuck with defamatory social media posts, lawyers warn

There are fears the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill currently before federal Parliaments will disadvantage doctors abused or defamed online

Doctors may have no recourse if they are the subject of defamatory and abusive posts online under proposed federal social media laws, legal experts warn.

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The Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill is being touted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a means to “unmask online trolls” and address toxic content on social media.

But if passed, the legislation may disadvantage victims, including doctors, with no mention of ‘troll’ or ‘trolling’ beyond the Bill’s title, say special counsel Nathan Buck and senior associate Jeremy Marel

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