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How to Deal With Online Defamation

Every person struggles with justified reproaches in life. Having to deal with unfair and uncalled for online attacks on the other hand is devastating and heartbreaking. Dealing with cyber bullies who use the online platforms to tarnish people’s reputations is not easy.

There is an opinion battle on how to deal with online defamation but mostly on whether to use the legal approach or the non-legal approach. 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. 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 non-legal approach requires you to get into contact with the attacker and ask them to pull down false information about you. The attacker may pull down the content and thus restore your reputation. It isn’t always that easy and quick to deal with especially if the attacker is hiding behind an anonymous identity.

If the false statements and stories are posted by anonymous bodies, there is need to bring in an online defamation attorney who shall then be able to investigate, find the identities and take them to court if necessary. 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.

As you await the court process to go on, there is another way that you can still use to bring down your online attacker, that is report them. Kick the attacker where it hurts and report them to their domain registrar, their hosting companies, the social media platform and even to Google. There is a big chance one or all of them may shut the attacker 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. 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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