4 Tips for Dealing With Online Defamation

Unfortunately, online libel is getting more and more common. In the past, libel and slander problems only affected famous people. Nowadays, it’s the average Joe that’s dealing with this problem. For instance, a competitor, disgruntled customer, gossip peddler, or angry ex-spouse can now express their annoyance about their target easily, freely and almost anonymously.

The harm to character as well as reputation is real. A negative review from a competitor could damage your business. A false allegation of adultery on social media could ruin a marriage. There are endless other examples.

So, these four tips may help you deal with this worsening issue of internet defamation. But remember that each person has a different case and each jurisdiction has different laws.
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Act fast
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You must act quickly to deal with defamatory statements. It’s essential to douse the fire before it can spread. Your reputation can be damaged if you don’t take remedial steps promptly. When it comes to internet defamation, defamatory statements can spread really fast and stick for ages, even forever. It’s unrealistic to try to wish away the defamatory statements. The longer the claims stay online, the more the damage. Take action quickly and get rid of the defamation before it can spread.

Get expert help

It’s very important to get expert assistance from a competent attorney. Internet libel laws are quite complex. There are tricky technological and legal challenges concerning anonymity, limitation periods, technological restrictions on the workings of search engines, as well as multi-jurisdictional challenges. Additionally, not every hurtful or insulting post will be deemed to be defamation. Hiring an experienced defamation attorney will help you know if your case is valid and the right way of dealing with it.

A PR expert can help to control the damage. A good search engine professional may help to determine the scale of damage and strategies of potentially getting rid of the defamation. A short consultation with a reliable defamation attorney from the start can help prevent various issues, control the damage, and ultimately save some money.

Keep the evidence

It is crucial to demonstrate that defamation of character took place. Unfortunately, people usually ignore this. The defamation can be done away with but you still can sue for damages you’ve suffered.

It’s recommended that a third party capture the evidence. Otherwise, you should retain the evidence.

It is crucial to take screenshots and print all posts, search engine results, as well as any other relevant pages. Also remember to provide evidence that reveals the poster’s identity.


Sometimes suing could be your only choice. However, it should be your last resort.

Litigation may be uncertain, emotionally draining and costly. However, the harm to your reputation on the internet might be more costly and emotionally draining than litigation.