Defamation cases involve two main types: libel and slander. Libel is a written defamation and slander is a verbal defamation of one’s character. When the defamatory statement is made online or through social media that involves the written (or “posted”) word, and would be considered libel. Keep in mind a defamatory statement is not simply a “negative” statement but an untrue statement. Truth is one of the absolute defenses to defamation. Also, the statement must be one of fact, not opinion.
The legal issues that arise from posting libelous comments on social media include:
– which state law should apply if the parties (person who made the statement and the person against whom the statement was made) live in different states?
– is the website host also a potential party to the law suit?
If you have been defamed in social media, contact AJ Law Practice for a consultation and case evaluation.