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2+2=5 therefore defamation?

2+2=5 therefore defamation?

Postby Hairyloon » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:39 am

Some people are discussing another.
One person misunderstands who is the other and in that context, the comments are defamatory of the person that they mistakenly think they refer to.
Is mistaken identity a defence against defamation?
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Re: 2+2=5 therefore defamation?

Postby dls » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:29 am

Defamation is not about intention.

If the effect is that the claimant is defamed, it matters not that the defamer meant to refer to someone else.
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