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Defamation Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:01 pm on 12th June 2012.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park 5:01 pm, 12th June 2012

Does the hon. Lady agree that there has to be a sense of realism in relation to the web? If every defamatory comment posted on Twitter, Facebook and so on was followed up with some kind of state action we would need a new Government just to police the web. That would be structurally and practically impossible. There has to be a sense that if a lonely Twitter tweeter with 15 followers were to make an insulting comment, that could not be anything like as serious as its being made by someone with 1 million followers. There has to be recognition of the fan base or platform at which insults are hurled.

Let me make one further point about the internet.