“I don’t think we as a society realized how impactful a social media post could be,” said Nesha Pai, who runs a Facebook page for a Charlotte networking group.
Truth is a defense in a libel case, but since Hammond’s post was not true, the case settled in Dial’s favor. Hammond had to actual damages of $250,000 and punitive damages of $250,000, according to court documents.
“I think people today don’t recognize the importance of their words,” Charlotte attorney Missy Owen told WKYC, “Just because it is very easy to get your words out there does not mean you should.
“You can get in trouble anytime you make a false statement about someone else that damages their character or reputation,” Owen said.