Social media influencer to pay ¢100K damages, apologise daily for 30 days for defamatory posts.
An Accra High Court has ordered a social media influencer to pay GH¢100,000 in damages for a series of defamatory posts he made on the social networking app, Facebook.
The defendant, Francis Kennedy Ocloo made a series of posts on Facebook which are deemed defamatory against one Efua A. Sintim, the plaintiff.
The posts which were made from May 3 to 28, 2017 did not mention the Plaintiff’s name whatsoever, however, after the Court’s proceedings, it was determined that the defendant had provided enough information in his posts to identify the object of his defamation to Efua Sintim.
In the posts, he describes the plaintiff (name not mentioned) as a “bloodsucker Gey Hey female who uses her looks to extort money from unsuspecting men.”
The Accra High Court has thus, directed the defendant to delete all defamatory posts from his Facebook wall and render an unconditional and unqualified apology every day for 30 days on his Facebook wall.
The defendant after the ruling has made known his decision to appeal the case.
He posted on his Facebook wall, October 26, that “Indeed statements I have published here, every now and then people come and ask me who is it about. This means that a single post I make more humans can claim ownership; it could be one of such. I have communicated to my Lawyers on the next action to take and would brief you in due course.”
Some social media users have reacted favourably to the ruling describing it as a landmark ruling and a much-needed caution to social media users who use their platforms to denigrate others.
Below are some social media reactions to the ruling.