The (negative) power of social media (blogs/twitter) has never been more evident than this case with Marieke Hardy. Hardy accused Joshua Meggitt of being the author of a hate blog against her which had been in circulation for five years. The claim was wrong.
The case aside, I believe that in 2012 there will be more cases of companies suing bloggers over false and misleading claims. Blogs are not immune to the law.
Why do I think this? A client of Next Marketing is seriously considering taking legal action against at least one blog owner who has published false and misleading reviews about the business. There is documented evidence of a drop in sales. Which makes way for damages to be paid. It’s going to be a very interesting year indeed.