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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. It however is just completely devastating and heartbreaking when dealing with an online attack that has a vendetta to destroy your good name. Cyber bullies are famous for this tactic in tarnishing people’s reputations and dealing with such is usually a daunting task.

To deal with an online attack, there are two ways one can apply, the legal approach and the non-legal one. The impact intended for both kinds of approaches is the same except the legal way conveys a tough message while the non-legal way is a laid back. With the legal way, you shall have to consider the legal fees but it is an undoubtedly successful way to deal with the issue. 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. Talking to your attacker may indeed result in solving the issue amicably. 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. Well, more often than not, a stern legal letter from your lawyer will work wonders and the case may never get to court but it is very important to take that into consideration. If the statements were clearly made with the intention of damaging your reputation to achieve financial pitfalls or malice, then there is a case. The attorney you have chosen shall rise above it and settle the case for you.

Reporting the attacker is yet another way you can go in handling your attacker as you await the court due process. Kick the attacker where it hurts and report them to their domain registrar, their hosting companies, the social media platform and even to Google. This is an easy way to have the attacker shut down. Reporting the attackers in this way however may be construed by observers and stakeholders alike that it is more retaliatory and therefore may not be the best approach and therefore should really be used as a last resort. 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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