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Woman is arrested after posting defamatory comments on Facebook

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- For many, social media is a way to vent frustrations but when do those comments cross the line?

Ouachita Parish deputies arrested Mary Burton for defamation after she allegedly harassed one of her friends on Facebook.

A police report details that on numerous occasions Burton made false Facebook statements and called the victim derogatory names.

ULM political science Professor Joshua Stockley says, Burton abused her rights to free speech.
"I should be able to express an opinion but I should not be able to express a knowingly false statement about somebody," Stockley said.

Once you post on social media its easier to share the information than remove it that also makes it easier to prove what has been posted is far from the truth. 

Louisiana's law on defamation was written in 1968 but covers any communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual or business.

Stockley says social media is covered.

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