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Abstract

This article addresses the challenges that plaintiffs should face in asserting claims for libel over Twitter. Recent cases support that the overall context of Twitter should often negate the expectations of reasonable readers that they are absorbing statements of objective, provable fact, as opposed to statements of non-actionable opinion. As such, courts should view with some skepticism claims of libel rooted in Twitter’s “tweets.” Twitter should be understood to represent a “buyer beware” marketplace of expression, where followers of Twitterers should generally beware of the “truth” in tweets.

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http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.15779/Z38W63H