Although slander usually refers to oral defamation, there are many opportunities for people to ‘say’ whatever they want about anyone they want via the internet. In particular, Facebook slander has been running a bit rampant of late. Many people choose to just post nasty remarks on this social media site rather than confront their ‘adversary’ in person. One ugly remark can quickly lead to some nasty back and forth communication, and eventually there can be severe legal ramifications.
These legal ramifications are referred to as defamatory remarks. There is actually a fairly solid line between just saying something mean and being guilty of Facebook slander. Below is a list of key acid tests you can use to help determine if you are a ‘victim’ of slander. Answers of ‘yes’ to these probably mean that you need to take some action:
Did the written material accuse you of one of the following:
Being sexually deviant;
Committing a crime;
Being incompetent to perform your profession; and/or
Having a horrible disease
Is what they stated about you false?
Was the material visible by more than ten people?
Take a bit of time to re-read the First Amendment Right to freedom of speech. You will realize that it does not include a right to harm a person or a business. If something posted about you seems to be Facebook slander, it probably is, and there are many things you can do to nip the problem in the bud. You can simply inform the offender that you know what they’ve been up to and that you intend to pursue the matter. That would be considered mild action. At the other end of the spectrum, you may be in a position where completing a lawsuit is necessary in order to restore your good reputation.
Due to the open source of Facebook, and the ability to open multiple anonymous accounts there, finding the culprit is not always easy. A cyber investigation firm will be able to help by digging as deeply into the internet as possible to identify exploring just about anyone who is guilty of committing Facebook slander.
The identification of the ‘attacker is just one part of the many actions that are taken restore your online reputation. The rest are listed below.
1. Determination of the best course of action via a free initial consultation;
2. Performance (as mentioned above ) of investigative work to identify the attacker;
3. Putting the attacker officially on notice (if target is simply to get them to stop);
4. Compiling necessary case information in preparation of a lawsuit;
5. Filing a lawsuit;
6. Reaching a settlement with the attacker (if possible); and
7. Completing the lawsuit, if necessary.
Your one-stop-shop for ridding yourself of Facebook slander can be found at www.ReputationDefenseOnline.com. Take a good look around there – you never know when the next attack will strike!