Once called Web 2.0, the rise of user-generated content was, in hindsight, perhaps an entirely predictable development. As the original Internet and World Wide Web democratized access to the published content, Web 2.0 had the same impact on people’s ability to publish their own stories, reports, and happenings on the Internet. The rise of Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, Twitter, and many others provided people with a space of their own where they could publish nearly anything that interested them.
However, the power to publish information and thoughts to a broad audience over the Internet is not without its responsibilities and duties. In the past, one’s statements could undoubtedly cause harm. However, the potential harm caused was largely localized and could often be contained within immediate social circles. Online, however, any statements made are available to the entire world and can be reproduced and re-amplified through a few clicks of the mouse. Internet defamation can have severe and far-reaching professional, social, and other consequences for the victim.
The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to have the defamatory post removed from the Internet. To schedule a free legal consultation with experienced Internet defamation attorneys call (216) 831-0042 today. We guarantee the removal of the offending post or you will receive your money back.
When Is False or Inaccurate Information Posted Online Defamatory?
Defamation includes an array of factual statements that are false or otherwise defamatory and intended to harm or embarrass. Defamation does not typically extend into matters of opinion. Defamation includes slander, which is spoken or broadcasted defamation, and libel which is defamation in a written or published form. In general, defamation is a factual statement that holds the target of the statement up to public contempt, scorn, disgrace, or ridicule.
While defamation can cover a myriad of topics and concerns some of the more common examples of defamation include:
- Claims that the individual committed a crime – If the individual is accused of committing a felony or a misdemeanor when they have not, defamation has likely occurred. Being accused of a crime can narrow opportunities and impact job prospects.
- Claims that the individual committed an act of moral turpitude – Accusations that the target may have lied, cheated, or stolen in personal or business dealings can have profound effects on one’s reputation.
- Claims that the person has STD or another disease – The allegations that a person is carrying certain diseases carrying a stigma when they do not is a classic case of defamation. STDs that are often used as part of an attempt to defame includes herpes, AIDS, HIV, genital warts, and many other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Claims that the person in not of sound-mind – Reports that an individual may have a degenerative brain condition or some form of mental illness or disease can have devastating consequences for one’s professional and personal dealings.
- Claims of an embarrassing event or occurrence – Allegations that an individual committed a social faux pas can affect how others consider and think about you. Claims that you made a racist, sexist, or off-color remark or engaged in inappropriate behavior for the circumstances can subject a person to ridicule and embarrassment in the community.
Online defamation occurs when someone commits defamation on the Internet. Online defamation can occur when any of the above statements are made or when any other factually untrue statement is made to humiliate or embarrass.
What Can I Do About Online Defamation?
Online defamation can have serious consequences. An employer may find the post, believe it, and take action against the employee. In other cases, friends and family members may believe lies and falsehoods they read online and decide to treat you differently. In other cases, one’s social circle may contract due to the impact of the defamatory rumors. But, you don’t have to simply accept the consequences of online defamation.
The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA are experienced at working with website owners and search engines to take down defamatory postings and reports. We engage in a number of potential options to remove the defamatory materials. In some cases where we are able to identify the individual poster, we can also pursue legal action to hold that person liable for the damages they have inflicted. To schedule your free and confidential Internet defamation removal consultation call us at (216) 831-0042 or contact us online. We guarantee the removal of the defamatory posting or report, or you will receive your money back.