Cyber defamation can be a criminal offense. If you’ve either been defamed on blogs, websites or social media, or if you’ve been accused of defamation, you need legal representation. Slander and defamation are serious offences, punishable by law.
Stopping or addressing cyber defamation is very difficult and the consequences can be very damaging to a person’s character and business. The damage spreads fast and the repercussions are can be widespread and destructive.
There’s an old Jewish folk tale about slander that illustrates the seriousness of slander. A man repeated a story he heard about another man. Soon the story spread throughout the village but the man realised that the story was slanderous. He felt remorseful and went to the Rabbi to seek advice in order to undo the damage done.
The Rabbi suggested he should go home and bring him his feather pillow. The man was surprised but followed his advice and presented the Rabbi with his feather pillow. The Rabbi asked the man to pull out all the feathers in the pillow case. Still confused, the man complied. The Rabbi then asked the man if he could collect all the feathers that had been scattered and put them back in the pillow case. The man replied, “But that’s impossible! The window is open and the wind scattered the feathers all over the room and blew so many outside.”
“Yes,” said the rabbi. “And that is what happens when you slander against another person. The slander spreads and it’s impossible to rectify the damage done.”
A lawyer can draft a letter to stop the behavior and get any slanderous statements to be removed from online platforms such as social media, blogs and website. You might need to file a report with the police but a lawyer can advise you of procedures both with the police as well as seeking compensation for any damage caused to your reputation and business. If you are being harassed, we can advise on both criminal and civil litigation.
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