Almost everyone is on Facebook. Even if they are not a member of the popular social media site, they are probably at least familiar with it. Indeed with an online community of over one billion people, Facebook has become the largest social media platform. Users can post pictures, leave comments, like and share things with their family, friends and loved ones.
While Facebook is a wonderful tool for sharing your life with people all over the world, it can also be used as a weapon. Sadly, cyber-bullying is a new trend in America and across the globe. People have come to find that being targeted on the Internet or on Facebook can really be disastrous to their life. Fortunately, the good people at Facebook do not encourage this type of behavior and have designed a reporting system in an effort to fulfill their mission of connecting the world.
If you have been the victim of a post on Facebook that you believe is slander, you may be wondering if there is anything else you can do. If you have been defamed or attacked online, you want the online abuse to stop. The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg and Lews LPA can fight to get the offending content removed from websites like Facebook. To arrange a free, confidential legal consultation call 216-831-0042 today
What is Slander?
Slander falls under Defamation law and is any spoken statement that hurts someone’s reputation. Defamation is a tort meaning that it is not a criminal offense but rather a civil offense. When a person has been defamed they can sue the person that defamed them. There are many types of defamation including libel, which is written, and slander per se, where a person does not need to prove special damages.
What does a person have to prove to establish defamation?
While it is important to note that each state may have slight variations on what constitutes defamation, there are however some generally accepted rules that have been ingrained into American law. If you believe that you have been defamed on Facebook you will have to prove the following elements.
- The statement was published – When a statement is published it means that it was communicated to at least one other person. Many people assume that published refers to publishing like the newspaper does. While this is true that publishing something in a newspaper would constitute libel you can also publish a statement by speaking it to another person.
- The statement was False – In order for a statement to be considered defamatory, it has to be false. If you make a statement about a person that is true, then generally you cannot be charged with defamation. Even if the statement you or the other person made is absolutely horrible, if the statement is true then you will not be able to recover for defamation.
- The statement caused you injury – It is an important concept in the law to try and fix injuries. This means that in order for you to receive compensation or be able to file a case for defamation you will need to show that you suffered some injury as a result of the statement. Because defamation involves words the types of injuries that occur are different than those of say a robbery. However, if you can show that you suffered some injury such as your boss reducing your pay, you will be able to show that you suffered some injury.
- The statement was Unprivileged – As you may be aware Americans have a First Amendment right to free speech, but that does not mean that a person can say whatever they want. However, the law recognizes that there are some things in life that are so important that people should not be afraid to say them because they are afraid of being sued.
When you are considering whether you want to file a claim for defamation, keep in mind that the court will try and put you back in the place you were before the statement was made. Often times this is through ordering the other side to make a cash payment to you. However, you should also be aware that the law is always trying to balance a person’s right to speak against making defamatory statements.
How do I report slander on Facebook?
Facebook is one of the most heavily used and viewed sites on the Internet. People use Facebook to connect with friends, colleagues, and family. However, as you are probably aware people can use Facebook to hurt other people by posting and sharing comments, stories, blog posts and pictures. Fortunately, Facebook has a well-designed system that allows a person to report abuse.
Facebook has Community Standards that each person agrees to follow when they join Facebook. You probably breezed over them when you were signing up for Facebook, however if you go back and read them you will see that Facebook does not encourage or endorse people making harmful statements about another person. Facebook even has a method to report users who violate the community standards that they have established. If you want to report a Facebook user for posting:
- Direct Threats
- Dangerous Organizations
- Bullying and Harassment
- Attacks on Public Figures
- Criminal Activity
- Sexual Violence and Exploitation
- Regulated goods
If you believe that a post has violated any of the community standards you can use the Facebook report link that will be located near the post, photo, or comment and this will automatically report the post to Facebook. However, even Facebook encourages its users to contact local law enforcement if a person feels that they have been directly threatened.
Work with an Internet Defamation Removal Attorney to Remove Attacks from Facebook
If you are seeking options to minimize the damage that can potentially be caused by false and defamatory posts, Aaron Minc and his team at Meyers Roman Friedberg and Lewis LPA may be able to work with you. To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation call (216) 373-7706 or schedule a meeting online.