Both businesses and individuals can be defamed online. And due to the prevalence of online reviews and social media, over the past decade, there’s been a significant uptick in defamatory incidents.
If you’re the victim of Internet defamation, seek legal representation to reverse the damage.
For a judge or jury to declare a statement defamatory, several criteria must be met.
- Firstly, the statement must be false.
- Secondly, it must be communicated to another person.
- Thirdly, it must cause the victim harm. And fourthly, the defamer must have, at the very least, acted negligently (depending on the circumstances of the case).
Every case is different. Seek competent legal counsel to determine whether or not a statement is defamatory.
Defamation is a false statement of fact that willfully damages another person’s reputation. It falls into two categories: libel and slander. Libel is written defamation and slander is spoken defamation.
Defamation can ruin someone’s career, hurt relationships, destroy privacy — and courts take it seriously.
Back in the day, the Internet was the digital equivalent of Deadwood. Ordinal ampoules of information lawlessly roamed the globe, ignoring nation-state boundaries, exciting and uniting rebel hearts. “Anything goes!” encouraged reporters.
Early on, innovative entrepreneurs amassed oodles of money — largely because laws didn’t apply to online business, marketing, and transactions. But politics eventually caught up with invention. These days, the long arm of the law reaches all corners of the ether. And yes, you can be successfully sued for defaming a person or business, online and on social media.