High Court grants £24,000 for defamatory tweets

The High Court has ruled that two tweets posted on Twitter by the journalist Katie Hopkins were defamatory of the food blogger Jack Monroe and awarded the claimant £24,000 in damages.

The court found that the natural and ordinary meaning conveyed by the first tweet and the innuendo meaning conveyed by the second tweet were defamatory and that publication had caused the claimant real and substantial distress and harmed the claimant’s reputation in a manner that was serious, albeit not very serious or grave.

That highlighted in the Twitter context the responsibility of a litigant to retain and preserve material that might become disclosable and the responsibility of the litigant’s solicitor to take reasonable steps to ensure that the litigant appreciated and performed that responsibility.

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