What Do you do when someone you don't know is making up stories about you online? What if hackers wanted to say negative things about you online? After all, if hackers can shut down Sony Entertainment, it seems obvious an anonymous hacker could easily add bad information. What is scarier is with freedom of speech, you don't have to be a sophisticated hacker to ruin someones reputation with a click of the hand. In the United States, the right to speak anonymously online is protected by the First Amendment and various other laws. Defamation of character and reputation are intertwined. In an age where anonymous people can post negative information that is fabricated we examine how you protect your reputation from anonymous sources.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Proving defamation of character has been a longstanding issue for many people all around the country. Written words can be a dangerous weapon against those who have wronged us and can help bring about change, as well as allow companies to know what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Recently, the world of the written word has taken on a whole new meaning and this is causing people take to the Internet like never before. While this is allowing the general public to offer guidance and reviews when it comes to doing business with companies on a daily basis, it can also be a breeding ground for lawsuits and defamation. In the past, defamation lawsuits were usually reserved for journalists and professional printers. However, now, these lawsuits are quickly expanding to the general public as well. With sites like Yelp and Angie’s List, it is simple for people to post negative things about companies online, even if they are not true. While these items are great tools for consumers to share feedback and gather information, they are also a way for them to say things about companies and individuals that are not true because they are angry about something that has occurred. CLICK HERE FOR MORE