How to Sue For Slander on Facebook and Win
Facebook is an interactive network that allows information sharing through connecting individuals with similar political, economic, and geographic boundaries. Although Facebook is useful in connecting people across continents, it has its downsides.
Unfortunately, cyberbullying is common in today’s age of social media and technology. With the rise of social media use and access, there is a lack of education surrounding how to use social media consciously and wisely. Often, social media can be used to slander, hurt or defame people — creating a lasting impact on their reputation.
Social media defamation describes a false statement about a third party that is published on social media. “Libel” refers to written defamation and “slander” refers to spoken defamation — also, it is important to note that true statements don’t constitute defamation.
Confronting slander on Facebook can be difficult, but dealing with this problem legally is simple. With the help of DoNotPay, an easily accessible web browser service and app, an automated lawsuit can be generated at your fingertips. Resolving a legal dispute of slander can be done through Small Claims Court — a specialized division of the judicial system intended to help parties who do not have personal attorneys to resolve disputes quickly in a pocket-friendly manner.
Identifying Slander on Facebook
It is unfortunate that social media is a breeding ground for hatred and defamation. Below, you will find some common examples of slander on Facebook.
|Example of Slander||Explanation|
|Defamation of Character||A publisher of an original post that defames and skews another person’s persona.|
|Harassment||Intimidation on Facebook is criminal. This includes impersonation, discriminatory posts, etc.|
|Invasion of Privacy||When a post violates an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy, such as revealing one’s personal information.|
Grounds for Filing a Slander Lawsuit
Although each state has its own requirements as to what defamation is, all defamation claims must satisfy the following five elements.
- Publication To Someone Other Than The Person Being Defamed. Defamation occurs when at least one other person views the post.
- A False Statement. The statement must be untrue.
- The Statement is Factually-Based, not Opinion-Based. The statement is rooted in a known fact, not based on an individual opinion. For example, someone suggesting that someone is a bad person in a Facebook post is not defamation/slander. However, someone stating that someone is a bad person because they evaded taxes and committed fraud is defamation/slander.
- It Damages The Reputation of The Person. The reputation, business ventures, and overall well-being of the individual must be harmed — this can be demonstrated through loss of friends, opportunities, or income. For instance, an individual writes that a business is racist in a Facebook post, and the business loses proceeds as a result — the record of losses proves defamation occurred.
- It Is Not Privileged. Defamation cannot be claimed when true and verifiable things like criminal activity and employment information are released — if a statement has any truth to it, it is not regarded as defamatory in nature. For instance, releasing an influential figure’s criminal history is not slander — if the criminal record is public knowledge, there is no expectation of a right to privacy.
How to Sue For Slander on Facebook
There are three main points that you need to prove when suing for Slander on Facebook. In order to prove a statement was slanderous, you must meet the following criteria. Although the criteria seem to be simple, it is often difficult to prove slander in specific, self-guided cases.
- Prove That The Post was Slander or Libel. You must prove that the defamation fell under either of these categories. Typically on Facebook, “slander” is a video, and “libel” is a post.
Slander: spoken defamation
Libel: written defamation
- Prove That Someone Saw The Post. You can prove this by taking screenshots of evidence (likes, views, and shares). Most importantly, you must prove that at least one person saw the post. For instance, if someone uses your photo for slander, screen-record the views, take screenshots of viewers, and document engagement with the video.
- Prove the Damage That The Statement Caused. You must prove the extent of the damage. You can prove this using hospital/therapy records, records of loss of wages/employment, or even personal conversations that prove that people are treating you differently due to slander. For example, if you’ve needed to see a therapist due to the impact the slander has had on your life, all of the medical records associated with this are useful in proving defamation.
Difficulties You Will Encounter
Unfortunately, only a small amount of self-guided defamation cases are successful. Firstly, the intricacy involved in defining the extent of libel or slander is difficult — some slanderous statements skim the border between an opinion and fact.
Secondly, individuals often encounter problems when trying to sue for partial slander — partial slander does not exist. If an individual statement is partially true, it is likely not defamatory in nature.
Thirdly, individual defamation lawsuits are unsuccessful due to the time-consuming and demanding nature of filing a lawsuit with no legal guidance.
To confront these issues, DoNotPay provides an automated and expertized system of filing small claims against Facebook slander.
Sue for Slander on Facebook Today with DoNotPay
Using DoNotPay to file a small-claims slander suit that will be successful, in a simple and concise way.
To file a lawsuit using DoNotPay, follow these steps:
- Log on to DoNotPay on any web browser and select “Sue Now”
- Then, enter the dollar amount that you are owed (this could be lost wages or even adequate compensation to cover injuries and medical bills)
- Thirdly, select whether you’d like to receive a demand letter or court filing forms
- Finally, describe your reason for filing the lawsuit, and submit any additional details (including your photo evidence)
That’s all! DoNotPay covers the extensive process of suing for slander on Facebook in an instant! The robot lawyer will also generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you, and mail them to the individual or business you are suing!
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