The popular use of social media has doubled the number of court cases in the category of defamation online.

The growth of social networking sites has seen the number of defamation cases involving online content more than double in the 12 months to June, new research has found.

The number of reported defamation court cases in the UK in which the subject was allegedly defamed on blogs or on social media jumped from seven to 16 in the year to May 31 2011, according to research from legal information specialists Sweet & Maxwell. Ben Dowell/The Guardian.

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