One Facebook user, angry over a dispute with a neighbor, ridicules her online as a thief and a liar. On Twitter, someone accuses a murder suspect of being a killer. A blogger discloses sensitive details about a political candidate's personal life.
A perplexing phenomenon has emerged as millions of people have their say in social media. In today's world, libelous online comments are rampant and yet few people have filed lawsuits over reckless and untrue statements.