Internet slander is when a person or a group of people use the Internet to falsely vilify; libel; slander; spread malicious gossip and/or to harass others. They usually do it either to gain a competitive advantage or to settle a score or through pure malevolence due to envy. These people have established certain patterns of behaviour. Below are a few tips in dealing with Internet slander should you have the misfortune of becoming a victim.
The following is a recommended bloggers defamation code of ethics by Daniel J. Solove, Associate professor, George Washington University Law School
1. People should delete offensive comments quickly if asked.
2. People should ask permission before speaking about others private lives.
3. Someone who speaks about another’s private life without her consent should take steps to conceal her identity.
4. People should avoid posting pictures of other people without getting their consent.
5. People should avoid Internet shaming.
Anonymous Internet harassment is a terrible ordeal for the victim. One thing is being harassed when you know who it is, but it is even more difficult to cope when you don’t. Contact the team at PAIL® Solicitors for a consultation and free quotation on 020 7305-7491 or email@example.com
Company online harassment?
PAIL® Solicitors specialists in online anti-social behaviour cases review whether company online harassment is possible
In Kosar v. Bank of Scotland Plc [t/a Halifax]: QBD [Admin] [Mr Justice Silber]: 18 January 2011:
The appellant (Kosar) appealed against a district judge`s decision that the offence of harassment under section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 could only be committed by a person who was an individual against another individual person. The judges allowed the appeal. That is to say, they held that a Company can be a person for the purposes of the Act when they are the perpetrators of harassment but not as victims of harassment.
Peter Adediran of PAIL® Solicitors has specialised in online defamation for two decades and has a deep wealth of experience in achieving successful results. For an initial consultation call 020 7305-7491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The defamation bill of Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC (“the Bill”) was published on the 27 May 2010. The press release to the bill states that the bill “seeks to reduce the chilling effect on freedom of expression and recourse to self censorship that results from the vagueness and uncertainty of the present law. It also aims to encourage the free exchange of ideas and information, whilst providing an effective and proportionate remedy to anyone whose reputation is unfairly damaged”.
Defamation forum shopping has arisen out of the different treatment of defamation in different countries. In the United States freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws.
Internet reputation management
Internet reputation management has arisen out of growing incidents of on-line defamation and harassment.
“Envy is one of the most potent causes of unhappiness” Bertrand Russell