Since the emergence of online publication, social media platforms and their users have been subject to a diverse range of litigation. Many of these proceedings have arisen following the publication of offensive and/or blatantly false material online. While defamation has been the preferred cause of action in such cases, a recent Supreme Court judgment may now provide victims of online abuse with an additional means of recourse, even if the material is not sent to them directly. That is, the ability for a person to make a harassment complaint to An Garda Síochána on foot of the online abuse.
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