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How to Deal With Online Defamation

It usually is very difficult to deal with justified reproaches here and there against you as a person. Having to deal with unfair and uncalled for online attacks on the other hand is devastating and heartbreaking. Online defamation is one way cyber bullies use to tarnish people’s names on the online community and dealing with is usually quite a tough task.

Using a non-legal approach or a legal approach is where there is a battle of opinions come in for most people facing an online attack. The truth is, once you have taken the legal approach, it shows you are fully on the offensive and are ready to fight back whilst the non-legal approach is laid back and may just as well have the same impact. The legal approach is guaranteed to work and shall definitely cost you in legal fees. It may, however, come off looking like you are a tad heavy handed to the online community and therefore garnering support for the attacker.

The legal approach shall require you to get into contact with your attacker and have you communicate that the false information must be pulled down. The attacker may pull down the content and thus restore your reputation. However if the attacker is hiding behind a fake identity or is anonymously posting this damaging content, the non-legal approach might not be all that helpful.

You will need a defamation attorney when the false statements being made are by anonymous people because they have the ability to find out who they are if need be, take them to court. You will find that the case won’t need to go to court but you need to be open to that option if need arises. If the statements were clearly made with the intention of damaging your reputation to achieve financial pitfalls or malice, then there is a case. In this instance, you can let your attorney find the proof and let him do his job.

The other way as the lawyers are working towards finding a ground to pull the plug on the false information, is to report them. Report the domain name to their registrars, to their hosting companies, to the social network and to Google. This is an easy way to have the attacker shut down. You can use this as a last hand if all else seems not to be working lest it be received as a similar retaliatory attack on your attacker which then affects their livelihood. Ensure you have sought legal advice before doing this and involve all stakeholders in case there is a backlash on you. This is because the repercussions of doing this may be dire.

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