New York, April 1: A woman has to pay $500,000 by the order of a North Carolina judge for wrong post on Facebook and accusing her former friend for killing her son.
Jacquelyn Hammond from Asheville wrote on Facebook, in 2015, of Davyne Dial: “I didn’t get drunk and kill my kid”, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
Dial sued Hammond for defamation and emotional stress who said she is not responsible for her son’s death.
“There are no filters on social media to say whatever you think behind the safety of your screen. She had made other untrue statements through the years, but when this happened, it was very painful,” said Dial.
The judge announced total damages of $500,000, $250,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages,to be paid by Hammond.
“I think people today don’t recognise the importance of their words,” said Missy Owen, a lawyer in North Carolina, adding that people should learn from Hammond’s mistake.
“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.”