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5:30 pm, June 29th, 2021 - 3 comments
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Daily review is also your post.
This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.
The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).
Don’t forget to be kind to each other …
Noteworthy defamation trial in the UK, worth reading if you have the time.
Defendant published two tweets defaming Hatchet by saying she stole money donated to the charity she runs for VAWG work.
Pertinent to the sex/gender debate/war on social media, the current debates on freedom of speech and hate speech, and also for Standardistas to understand why it’s so important to be careful about what you say about public figures online and how this might play out outside of your or the Trust’s control. I don’t know how this case corresponds to NZ law, but some of the amounts awarded are eye watering.
This award is precedent setting. One potential outcome of this case is that it will reduce the amount of lying happening on twitter about prominent gender critical feminists. Important here is that the judge took into account not just the original two defamatory tweets, but how they were shared, and how this lead to other people then calling the claimant a liar and fraudster. GC people should also take note re what they say. Hatchet is formidable and is already laying down the challenge to other people who have lied about her on twitter, apologise or risk defamation action. It’s pretty clear that protecting the rights of women to speak about their politics is a main motivator. I will keep an eye out for thoughtful criticisms of the ruling (leaving aside the inevitable Owen Jones blather style ones that have no substance).
I know! Almost every week at the moment there is something like this. That it's coming from grass roots feminists is so inspiring.