Louis Nel



Social media use has led to numerous lawsuits both in South Africa and abroad. In the UK, Chris Cairns, a New Zealand cricketer, won a lawsuit against Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the Indian Premier League, after Modi accused him, on Twitter, of match-fixing. Modi was ordered to pay Cairns in the region GBP 90 000 in damages and GBP 400 000 pounds in legal fees – a rather costly lesson for Modi on the appropriate use of Twitter.(Golegal)

If no defamation, you may still have an action for injuria of your dignitas (M 174)


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