Law School Event

How is Social Media Changing Defamation Law?

 Friday, April 5, 2024
 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 Thorne Auditorium & Thorne Lobby (RB135 & RB132)
 Facilities--Pritzker School of Law (Sebastian Jakub Bujak)
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How is Social Media Changing Defamation Law

Social media has radically changed the way people receive and share information or opinion about one another. What may be unfounded or dubious existing only in fringe corners of society or the Internet can enter the mainstream in a viral moment. Just as the 60th anniversary of the landmark New York Times v Sullivan ruling arrives, defamation law is being used in a recent series of high-profile cases to fight online disinformation and untruths.

This panel – comprised of the lawyers who have won mega-millions in damages in the defamation cases for two election workers against Rudy Giuliani and for writer E. Jean Carroll against Donald Trump as well as the Medill professor who was a key witness in both cases -- will examine new ways that defamatory statements circulate and unpack the novel methods for assessing reputational damages due to defamation online.

Moderated by David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel for The New York Times.

This event is for Law School and Medill students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It is not open to the public.