Saturday, November 23, 2013
Spike Lee case shows how causing another person to be targeted wrongfully can lead to liability
Here’s another thing to ponder when on social media, or blogging. Spike Lee was sued by an elderly couple in Florida when he incorrectly tweeted their home address as belonging to that of the social pariah George Zimmerman. Hollywood Reporter has a story here.
There was a $10000 settlement, and the couple repeatedly wants to break the “release of all claims” which CNN’s “Legal Guys” says won’t happen.
But anyone who causes someone else to be targeted by criminal activity with a social media post can be held liable. It’s a disturbing concept.
I personally stay away from “personal outrage” at these kinds of cases.