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Things You Should Know When Dealing With Online Defamation

Every person struggles with justified reproaches in life. It however is just completely devastating and heartbreaking when dealing with an online attack that has a vendetta to destroy your good name. Dealing with cyber bullies who use the online platforms to tarnish people’s reputations is not easy.

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. With the legal way, you shall have to consider the legal fees but it is an undoubtedly successful way to deal with the issue. 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. 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.

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. 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 lawyer will find the information needed and do the needful.

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. 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. Involve your stakeholders before taking this step even though the same is legal. The results of pulling this stunt may be very tough so you need to be prepared.

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