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What does the Zipper Face Emoji Mean?  Burrows v Houda [2020] NSWDC 485
Monday 31 August 2020 / by Natasha Miller posted in Dispute Resolution Defamation Emojis

On 27 August 2020, in what seems to be the first Australian decision of its kind, Her Honour Judge Gibson considered the meaning of the “zipper face” emoji in the context of defamation.

A recent Court of Appeal decision in a defamation claim has considered the defence of absolute privilege under section 27(2)(d) and Schedule 1, clause 15 of the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW), and the good faith protections for complainants under the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW) and the former Medical Practice Act 1992 (NSW).

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