The advent of social media has changed the way society communicates and the way ideas are spread. These new platforms for speech have inevitably pushed the boundaries of the law, particularly in the area of defamation. Social media has created new types of speakers, new publication methods, and easier ways for people to defame each other. This Comment examines existing constitutional and North Carolina-specific defamation law, explains how defamation law has evolved in the 21st century, provides a focused description of two types of social media users in 2020, and proposes a way for North Carolina courts to adapt current standards to these new speakers in a way that continues to protect speech.
Meaghan O'Connor, Defamation in the Age of Social Media: Why North Carolina's "Micro-influencers" Should Be Classified as Limited Purpose Public Figures, 42 Campbell L. Rev. 335 (2020).