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Defamatory material blocked by Yahoo!
The internet, and in particular the expansion of online publication with blogs, internet fora, Twitter etc, has greatly increased the opportunities for people to make statements on all manner of things.
While this has created greater opportunities for freedom of expression, exchange of ideas and social interaction, it has the potential for misuse and to cause harm. MPS is aware of a number of cases where defamatory material about members has been made available to the public through such media.
The law in the area of electronic media is developing as fast as the technology that supports it. Cases in different jurisdictions have been argued on matters such as what constitutes “publication”, which party is responsible for material on websites or displayed on search engines, how to deal with defamatory material and where in the world a case should be brought.