What's the Difference Between Slander vs Gossip?

Defamation Demand Letters What's the Difference Between Slander vs Gossip?

Explaining Slander vs Gossip

In the event that someone makes false and detrimental remarks about you and results in reputational harm, it can be considered defamation. There are two forms of defamation. Libel refers to a statement that is written or published on a physical medium and slander refers to a remark that is uttered or an acted gesture. Defamation cases must be proven by showing that the libel or slander was published in some form and that the subject's reputation, future employment chances, or even physical or mental health were harmed because of it.

You can send a cease and desist letter in response to defamation. The letter will warn the person making the false allegations to halt before legal action is pursued. Learn more about defamation and how to differentiate slander versus gossip by reading the sections below.

Interpreting Defamation

Slander and libel are the two aspects of defamation, as previously stated:

  • Libel leaves a lasting record. It can be shown on an email, radio or television broadcast, newspaper article, billboard, or internet post.
  • Slander does not leave a lasting record and might be as simple as a verbal statement or a hand gesture.

The first step in starting a defamation claim is to determine if the statements were libelous or slanderous.

Difference Between Slander and Gossip

Gossip is defined as thoughtless talk about someone or something that may be true or untrue. Gossip and rumors can be about the personal affairs of someone and are spread amongst a group of people. Slander can be circulated and be about one's private affairs, but the differentiating element is that it seriously damages one's reputation. The damage must be able to be proven in court as well.

Gossip can be slanderous if the statements spread are outright false and damaging.

Elements of a Slander Claim

The following must be proven to win a slander case:

FactDefamatory statement purports to be a fact.
Defamation occurred Defamatory statements were spread to a third-party.
NegligenceDefamatory statement was made in disregard of its falsity.
Harm incurred As a consequence of the individual's activities, you are entitled to punitive damages.

Is an Opinion Defamation?

A possible defense to defamation claims is that the statements were merely an opinion.

  1. It is necessary for defamation claims to include false assertions of fact, meaning that the comments made must be presented as truth rather than as mere opinion or gossip.
  2. The context in which you made your remark has a significant impact on whether or not it is regarded as an opinion.
  3. In order to determine whether a statement is factually based on your presentation of it or on your knowledge of the subject or person about whom you are speaking or writing, you must ask yourself whether a person hearing or reading the statement would believe it was factually based on your presentation of it.

What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?

Cease and desist letters are documents addressed to the individual or group conducting the alleged illegal activity to halt. The letters require specific wording and contents in order to establish credibility. It is possible that your letter may be ignored or considered inadequate for a legitimate case if it does not correctly describe the damage, injury, and other facts concerning your case using language that is appropriate in a court of law.

You may hire a lawyer to draft a cease and desist letter for you, but this can require more money out of your pocket.

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    • Were the statements slander or libel?
    • What were the statements?
    • Why are they false or misleading?
    • What consequences have you suffered as a result of these statements?

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