Got a warning for a defamation suit.

Well, I am quite active on social media, and I tweet a lot, and I Retweet a lot. Also, I share a lot of articles and videos.

Who would have thought that one could get a lawyer calling up warning you with a defamation suit, because a video I shared, straight from youtube (w/o any personal input would tantamount to libel)?

Yes, it might be possible, so If you are an active social media person and have strong opinions and are trigger happy on the RT’s and likes, here are some section in the IT acts relating to defamation you should know.


Section 79 of the Information Technology Act 2000 [Amended in 2008] (the ‘IT Act’) provides for an exemption to an intermediary

IBA – Intermediary liability under Indian law: Twitter


In India, the defamation law protects the reputation of a person. According to section 499 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (the ‘Penal Code’), anything that has been put in writing, either in electronic form or print form, which is not true and offends an individual, will amount…

IBA – Intermediary liability under Indian law: Twitter


A retweet of a false and defamatory tweet is also not immune from legal action. Just as the tweeter is liable if the tweet is defamatory, untrue and cannot be defended, so the retweeter will be liable. A retweet amounts to a further publication, as if the retweeter has made…

Exposing libel myths surrounding Twitter and other social media
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