In this world of social media, it's not unusual to find yourself on the wrong end of a defamation case. All it takes is for someone to get angry enough to post a lie about you. Unfortunately, it's those lies that gain the most momentum and travel the furthest in the shortest amount of time. Once you've been defamed, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to undo the damage that's been done to your reputation. If you make your living based on your reputation, the damage can be irreparable. If you find yourself the victim of online defamation, you need to act fast to rectify the situation. Here are four steps you should take as soon, as you find out about the defamation.
Reach Out to the Defamer
If you believe that the defamer might not realize that the information they're posting is a lie, it's important that you reach out to them as soon as possible. You can begin by providing information that points to the falsehood of the information they're transmitting, as well as a request for them to remove the defamatory posts. While you're communicating with the defamer, insist that they delete the erroneous information. If they refuse to delete the information, and your reputation is being damaged, it will be time to move on to the next step.
Reach Out to Online Support
If the lies are being posted on social media pages, you need to reach out to online support. Most social media pages don't take kindly to being included in legal actions. If you've been unsuccessful in discussing the situation with the defamer, you need to get the social media page involved. Begin by filing a formal complaint with the administrator of the page where the defamation occurred. If they refuse to get involved, let them know that you will be filing a police report and proceeding through legal channels. If they still refuse to get involved, you'll need to take steps to proceed with legal action.
File a Police Report
If the defamation has involved threats to your safety, or has resulted in threats being made against you by others, you'll need to file a police report. Gather as much information as you can about the event, including the identification of the person who initiated the defamation, as well as those who have threatened violence against you.
Hire an Attorney
If you've been the victim of defamation and it's affecting your life, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer. There are laws to protect you against having lies spread about you. Sit down with an attorney near you, to discuss the options that you have available.