What is Internet Defamation?

Defamation refers to the act of publishing a false allegation that causes you harm in some way. The statement can be published online, in the newspaper, or spoken to someone else. You can act by consulting a Defamation Attorney .

There are two major kinds of defamation: libel and slander. Libel is written defamation while slander is verbal defamation. A potentially defamatory post on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter involves the written word, so it's libel.

In this piece, we're going to look at internet defamation or libel in general.

The issue of internet defamation

The internet as well as social media is definitely a good thing for people and the society as a whole, but it's also a particularly fertile breeding ground for libelous statements.

Many people have discovered (to their shock) that the web allows people to vent their feelings so easily. The World Wide Web is filled with interesting sites where people could accidentally or deliberately leave a potentially damaging post or comment.

Some of these web locations include

List servers or chat rooms
Public comments on newspaper or magazine sites
Comments to posts and blogs
Social media like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Letters to editors of local papers

While some sites screen posts to check for illegal or inflammatory content, screening systems aren't designed to check all posts for defamatory content, so, many defamatory posts end up on the internet.

An issue that's large in scale

When a defamatory post ends up online, the damage is typically done. Even when the content is removed, it can be found by industrious searchers. On a positive note, however, it's easy to prove publication and you can do this by just saving and printing some negative views left by those who've read the defamatory post.

Since false statements can reach thousands of people immediately they're published on the internet, it's imperative that you find a remedy if you've suffered online defamation. Many people can read a defamatory post on a blog, and then share it via social media or email, spreading the publication--and the harm--exponentially.

What law of state applies? Where should I sue?

This is a complex matter that depends on the state you reside, the state the accused resides, and if there are any contacts your defamer has with your resident state. If you believe that you've been defamed on the internet, make sure to contact a good defamation attorney right away to talk about what course of action to take and your legal options.

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