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Defamation and libel online can take a number of forms; from posts made to social media, misleading news articles, targeted harassment and leaked information to fraud, identity theft, cyber-stalking and more. The repercussions of these actions can be incredibly damaging, with potentially long-term effects.
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to take legal action against someone who has made a defamatory statement against you or your business.
In UK law, a defamatory statement is generally regarded as one that harms an individual’s or company’s reputation by lowering public perception of the claimant, exposing them to contempt, ridicule, or hatred.
The Defamation Act of 2013 states that a defamatory statement is not truly defamatory unless the claimant’s reputation has suffered serious harm because of the statement’s publication. When discussing the reputation of a for-profit organisation, serious harm is defined by having caused, or being likely to cause major financial losses.
In order to be held culpable, a defendant must “publish” the defamatory statement to a 3rd person; this may be verbally (also known as ‘slander’) or written (known as ‘libel’).
To prove a defamation claim, the claimant must be able to supply evidence of all of the above criteria.
If legal action is not a valid option for you, ReputationDefender® offer an alternative solution; displacing negative online content, helping both corporate customers and private individuals to show themselves in the best possible light.
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