Although slander usually refers to oral defamation, social media is fast becoming the norm for communication. Rather than making a phone call or meeting face-to-face, when a squabble exists between two parties, many resort to flinging words and accusations across the internet. Many hide behind anonymous accounts, and become quite adept at attacking anyone they please.
One way of understanding the damage that can be caused by internet attacks can be found by reviewing a recent Topix slander case (Cooley v. Ballew). It took three years to be settled, during which time vicious and disparaging remarks flew back and forth on that site. The disputing parties accusations quickly spread to other sites as well – that is the nature of the worldwide web.
You may be wondering how to determine if a remark made about you is simply nasty, or (as in the case described above) is Topix slander. When a remark made about you crosses a fairly specific threshold, you are probably the victim of slander
By definition, slander is a type of defamation that exists when something said about you is simply false. If the ‘communication’ was on a public forum and seen by more than ten other people, again, it’s defamation. There are specific accusatory remarks that are in and of themselves. These include your being referred to as being sexually deviant, a criminal, or incompetent to perform your work duties. Even accusing you of having some horrible disease, communicable or not, is slanderous.
Although everybody is entitled to their First Amendment right of freedom of speech, some just go too far and cross the line. If you are not sure if you are victim of Topix slander (or for that matter any type of internet slander), there are many ways you can proceed. You can simply let the ‘attacker’ know that the cat is out of the bag and that you intend to take action to stop the attack. That is one of the milder (and often least effective) way of handling the situation. In some cases, you may need to bring your adversary to court.
One of the biggest hurdles in getting rid of Topix slander is identifying the culprit. Your best chance at eradicating all the slanderous remarks is to hire a cyber investigation firm to guide you through the complex process. Reputation Defense Online is a company takes numerous steps to return your online presence to a clean state. Specific actions they take include:
Determining the best course of action for your particular case. This is done via a free initial consultation).
Performing investigative work to gain information about the attacker.
Putting the attacker officially on notice, especially if your goal is simply to stop future attacks.
Collecting and compiling all data that might be necessary for a lawsuit.
Actually filing of lawsuit.
Reaching a settlement with the attacker.
Completing a lawsuit, if necessary.
If you shudder at the thought of logging into Topix because you are afraid of what you will find written about you there, take action. Visit the cyber investigation professionals at www.ReputationDefenseOnline.com and reclaim your reputation.