A UK libel judge has ruled that all sarcastic comments made in public are potentially libellous and should be strictly avoided if users do not want to run the risk of being sued by someone with a lot more money and connections than they have.
The ruling came after a judge in the UK High Court ruled writing *innocent face* was in legal terms an act of libellous sarcasm if the author’s face is clearly not in the least bit innocent – like Sally Bercow’s, the very un-innocent looking wife of the speaker of the UK parliament.
The judge also ruled that users of social media sites should make use of a special ‘sarcasm font’ to avoid ambiguity when tweeting or posting comments on social media sites.
Here are some examples of comments which could now be considered libellous under UK law if not written in sarcasm font (technical note –…
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