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Early in the hearing for the defamation case Voller v Nationwide News, Justice Stephen Rothman joked to barrister Tom Molomby SC: “Remind me, Mr Molomby, Facebook is something on the internet, is it?”

Molomby replied that when it came to Facebook: “I would describe myself as someone in the sandpit with the alphabet building blocks.”

Hah. It's all fun and games until media outlets are found liable for comments written by random people on Facebook under Australia’s restrictive defamation laws.