Now, at long last, there has been an actual hefty consequence for one woman posting fake news about someone else to the popular social media site.
Jacquelyn Hammond of Ashville, North Carolina was ordered to pay $500,000 in damages for posting a false story about another woman, Davyne Dial, that implied Dial was somehow responsible for the death of her child who was actually killed years earlier due to a gun accident involving another child.
On November 15, 2015, Hammond had posted in relation to Dial, “I didn’t get drunk and kill my kid.”
And grieving mom Dial wasn't taking this spreading of lies. So she sued for libel in Superior Court—and won. According to court documents, Hammond had to pay damages of $250,000 and punitive damages of $250,000.