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How to Deal With Online Defamation

It is a real struggle having to deal with justified reproaches once in a while as a person. On the other hand, having to deal with an online attack with a vendetta against your reputation is just unwarranted and unfair. Dealing with cyber bullies who use the online platforms to tarnish people’s reputations is not easy.

To deal with an online attack, there are two ways one can apply, the legal approach and the non-legal one. The legal way is a little tough as it shows your attackers you are ready to battle this out the justifiable way while the non-legal way is not all that serious butt captures the same spirit. The legal approach is guaranteed to work and shall definitely cost you in legal fees. To some extent, it will seem like heavy handed and get the online community to sympathize with your attacker.

Communication with your online attacker shall have to be established when dealing with the non-legal approach. This may result in solving your problems once the attacker pulls down the content. It isn’t always that easy and quick to deal with especially if the attacker is hiding behind an anonymous identity.

It is no problem for the attorney if the hate speech is being made by anonymous people because their identities will be found by the attorney and they will be taken to court if that is what you want. 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. To determine if there is a just case against an attacker, the best way is to gauge based on the motive, if it has affected you financially or there is plain malice so as to get an upper hand at something, then there definitely 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. Start by reporting the domain to the domain registrar, then to the hosting companies, then onto the social media platforms and finally onto Google. There is a big chance one or all of them may shut the attacker down. This, however, should be used as a last resort and used with caution as it might also look like you are attacking your attackers in a retaliatory style. Ensure you have sought legal advice before doing this and involve all stakeholders in case there is a backlash on you. Be prepared for any kind of outcome as this decision is very serious.

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