No matter where on Earth you happen to live, Internet slander, online defamation and even online libel all seem to be on the rise. Users from every corner of the globe continue to use the Internet as a weapon, one they can easily manipulate in order to slander both companies and people they know and/or are unhappy with, regardless of the reason.
Where is Internet slander commonly posted?
The Internet slander epidemic, if you will, is unfortunately not limited to any particular segment of the web, nor to any specific website. Online slander and defamation happen almost everywhere in the digital sphere; wherever people are able to freely post their unmoderated and unchecked opinions. Slander, defamation and libel can occur on anything from social networking sites, news publications and review/rating sites to the almost endless array of easily-accessible blogs and forums. What’s even worse is that these online venues are only a few of the places that people go to post both slander and libel on the web.
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Do you feel like your online reputation is under attack? The old adage about the difference between satisfied and dissatisfied customers is, sadly, truer today than ever before. A satisfied customer rarely tells anyone that they had a good experience with a company, while a dissatisfied customer often won’t hesitate to tell numerous coworkers, friends and family about a bad customer experience.
In today’s online universe, you and your business are more vulnerable than ever to the possibility of slander, defamation and the potentially devastating impact and proliferation of negative press. A single anonymous user, it seems, can dramatically affect your business, and your bottom line, in a powerfully negative way.
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Why is internet slander allowed and how should it be handled?
Slander and libel laws have protected both individuals and businesses against libel and defamation for many decades. The widespread use and abuse of the Internet has made slander and libel far more prevalent, and more harmful, than ever before. Knowing both your online rights, as well as how to protect yourself and your business on the web, is absolutely necessary, particularly when it comes to safe browsing and the use of online services.In the United States, current law does not make Internet content providers (including online services, social networking sites, etc.) responsible for the postings of their individual users. To better illustrate this point, let’s take a look at Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which states the following:
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
Though there are stipulations to this immunity that require service providers to act “in good faith” to ensure that user access to obscene or offensive materials is restricted, US law continues to ensure that content service providers are not held responsible for the actions of an individual third party, as they naturally have no control over this user’s actions. These protections exist, and are supported, by years of historical precedent. Since 1997, this law has been cited in defense of content providers on numerous occasions. The result, for better or worse, is that their immunity from liability has been upheld almost every time. Many major online brands, such as eBay and AOL, have won high-level cases thanks to the protections provided by Section 230.
In the 2004 case MCW, Inc. v. badbusinessbureau.com, however, immunity for defendant badbusinessbureau.com was denied—a result that may be obvious simply due to the site’s domain name. This website allowed users to upload stories of their bad business experiences, acts that were protected by Section 230, though the website’s editors and content managers also wrote editorials and contributed negative contents to their own site. Because this was the case, the courts ruled that they were, in fact, responsible for their own content, as well as for encouraging offensive and slanderous content from their users. The site was eventually denied immunity altogether.
The complete text of Section 230 can be found above, and one can find numerous other case summaries for similar precedent-setting cases online.
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