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Written Assignment #8: Potential Defamation on Twitter
Carefully read and reflect upon the assigned reading for Session 8. In the discussion questions section at the end of Gower, Chapter 4, thoroughly answer all aspects of the four (4) questions at the end of discussion question #3.
While fully answering these four (4) questions, make sure to cite your source material from Gower, Chapter 4, and any other course content, using APA in-text citations.
This is a research-based assignment, not an opinion piece. Make sure to complete all of the assigned reading first, and to cite course content.
Assignment Scenario: On Twitter one day, you come across a tweet by another employee about your boss, the head of a consulting firm. The tweet said your boss “is so dull that a 5-watt bulb gives him a run for his money.” Keeping an eye on Twitter, you discover thirty defamatory statements about your boss and the company in the next few days, all made by the same employee. When you inform your boss, his first reaction is to reach for the phone and call in the attorneys.
Assignment Questions: 1) What should you advise him? (Consider whether he might be able to prove the six elements of libel: publication, identification, defamation, fault, falsity, and injury). 2) What category of plaintiff is your boss likely to be? 3) What other factors should you consider in deciding whether to pursue legal action? 4) What strategy might you advise that does not involve legal action?