Can You Defame Someone on Instagram?
Famous rapper The Game is being sued by his former babysitter, Karen Monroe, for defamation on Instagram. Monroe claims her reputation was damaged after the star—who has over 1 million followers on the platform—posted several rants about her on his account. One particular post featured her image overlaid with the caption: ”Beware if this person is watching your children, she is a very dangerous baby sitter.” She says she can no longer find work in the industry and has received death threats.
Via the Digital Media Law Project:

In order to succeed on her defamation claim under California law, Monroe will have to prove that The Game’s published statements were false; unprivileged; have a natural tendency to injure or cause “special damage;” and that The Game’s fault in publishing the statement amounts to at least negligence. Although Instagram’s Terms of Use state that users “must not defame” under Section 6 of its Basic Terms, it remains to be seen whether Monroe can succeed on her defamation claim in California court.

Though stars have previously gotten in trouble for airing dirty laundry on social media, this seems to be the first time someone has been sued for their activity on Instagram.
Read more about the case here or check out the Digital Media Law Project’s summary of legal questions currently on Instagram’s radar.
Image: Phone screenshot of The Game’s Instagram feed, which often showcases his adorable daughter.

Can You Defame Someone on Instagram?

Famous rapper The Game is being sued by his former babysitter, Karen Monroe, for defamation on Instagram. Monroe claims her reputation was damaged after the star—who has over 1 million followers on the platform—posted several rants about her on his account. One particular post featured her image overlaid with the caption: ”Beware if this person is watching your children, she is a very dangerous baby sitter.” She says she can no longer find work in the industry and has received death threats.

Via the Digital Media Law Project:

In order to succeed on her defamation claim under California law, Monroe will have to prove that The Game’s published statements were false; unprivileged; have a natural tendency to injure or cause “special damage;” and that The Game’s fault in publishing the statement amounts to at least negligence. Although Instagram’s Terms of Use state that users “must not defame” under Section 6 of its Basic Terms, it remains to be seen whether Monroe can succeed on her defamation claim in California court.

Though stars have previously gotten in trouble for airing dirty laundry on social media, this seems to be the first time someone has been sued for their activity on Instagram.

Read more about the case here or check out the Digital Media Law Project’s summary of legal questions currently on Instagram’s radar.

Image: Phone screenshot of The Game’s Instagram feed, which often showcases his adorable daughter.

  1. medialist reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    mostly i just wonder what it’s like to be a celeb nanny for a living.
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  5. dangerfieldnewby said: a toughie. Lighter burden on her, ironically, if she was the one being sued, as he’s the public figure.
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