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4 Tips for Dealing With Online Defamation

Unfortunately, online libel is getting more and more common. Only famous personalities had slander and libel problems in the past. These days, it’s the average Joe that has to face this problem. For instance, a gossip peddler, angry ex-spouse, competitor, or disgruntled customer can now express their frustrations about their target easily, cheaply and virtually anonymously.

The harm to character as well as reputation is real. A negative review by your competitor could destroy your small business. A false adultery allegation on social media might wreck a marriage. There are countless other examples.

So, here are top 4 tips for handling this growing issue of online defamation. But don’t forget that each individual’s situation is different and laws vary with each jurisdiction.
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You must act swiftly to take care of defamatory statements. It’s critical that you extinguish the fire before it begins to spread. Your reputation can be damaged if you don’t take remedial steps promptly. When it comes to internet defamation, defamatory statements can spread really fast and stick for ages, even forever. It’s unrealistic to try to wish away the defamatory statements. The longer the accusations remain online, the more serious the damage. Take action quickly and get rid of the defamation before it can spread.

Get professional advice

It’s very important to get expert assistance from a competent attorney. Online libel law is quite complex. There are tricky technological and legal challenges concerning anonymity, limitation periods, technological restrictions on the workings of search engines, as well as multi-jurisdictional challenges. Additionally, not every hurtful or insulting post will be deemed to be defamation. An experienced defamation attorney can help you determine whether your case is strong enough and find the right way to handle it.

A public relations professional can help to manage the damage. A reliable search engine specialist may help to establish the extent of damage as well as ways to potentially remove the defamation. A brief consultation with a reputable attorney from the beginning may help prevent many problems, curtail the damage, and save some money in the long-term.

Keep the evidence

It is crucial to demonstrate that defamation of character took place. Unfortunately, people often overlook this. The defamation can be done away with but you still can sue for damages you’ve suffered.

It’s recommended that a third party capture the evidence. Otherwise, you should retain the evidence.

It is crucial to take screenshots and print all posts, search engine results, as well as any other relevant pages. Also remember to add evidence to prove the poster’s identity.

Sue

Sometimes suing could be your only choice. However, it should be your last resort.

Litigation may be uncertain, emotionally draining and costly. But the damage to your reputation online could be more emotionally draining and costly than a lawsuit.

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