The Katie Hopkins Twitter case has brought legal issues relating to the use of social media into the spotlight once more.
The article below provides some interesting insight into the significance of this case in establishing the threshold of 'serious harm'.
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Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins has been ordered to pay damages of £24,000 for libellous comments she published on Twitter in the case of Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins. She was also ordered to pay £107,000 on account of Ms Monroe’s legal costs. This is one of the first cases in which the Court has defined the “serious harm” threshold contained within s.1 of the Defamation Act 2013. It has been notoriously difficult for claimants to overcome this threshold since it came into force due to the lack of definition of what constitutes “serious harm”.