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Internet Libel
Internet libel is the defamation of a person though online communications, whether by website, blog, or email. Many people post defamatory messages online and act as though they are in the Wild West by doing and saying what they want and believing that they have no consequences to bear. Unfortunately this harms the reputations of innocent persons who suffer humiliation in their neighborhoods and communities, are damaged in their business relationships, and are injured economically.

This office took an internet libel case to trial and won the first contested Plaintiff’s verdict nationally against a blogger. The case was affirmed by the Georgia appellate courts. Since then we have represented a variety of injured victims of internet libel, such as a county planning official, the executive director of a non-profit organization, a principal of a public school, and others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between libel and slander?
A: Slander refers to a malicious, false, and defamatory spoken statement or report, while libel refers to other forms of communication such as written words or images.

Q: How can Internet Libel affect me?
A: It can harm your reputation among the people you care about and who know you. In addition to embarrassment and humiliation, both among your social friends and acquaintances, you can be harmed in the way your co-workers deal with you and how your employer determines whether you are trustworthy enough to continue on employment or to get that promotion that you had been working so hard for.

Q: What can I do to protect myself from Internet Libel?
A: Contact Myles E. Eastwood, Attorney at Law with any questions or concerns you may have concerning Internet Libel. click here

Q: What is the statute of limitations for Internet Libel in the State of Georgia?
A: One year from the date of the offensive statement being published.  There is no concept of continuing publication just because  the offensive statement continues to be posted on a website or on a blog.  The Georgia courts apply the “single publication” rule both to newspapers and to internet libel.

Q: Does Internet Libel include information found on social networking websites such as Facebook?
A: Definitely.  There is a concern that statements made by “friends” on your wall may be viewed as “invited” if they concern you.  However, if they say libelous things about other people on their own Facebook page or on your wall, that person has been injured.  You need to be careful about what you leave up on your wall and edit any defamatory remarks about other people on your wall.  Likewise, defamatory remarks about you appearing elsewhere on Facebook can be harmful and detrimental to your reputation socially and in the business world.


Contact us so that we may help you with your Internet Libel issues.

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