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Defamation on websites

Defamation on websites

What to do if you have been defamed on the internet

The ability to list web pages on the top page of the search results for a long period of time is normally a result of either excellent workmanship or an unintended, random consequence of Google algorithms. Names of individuals and companies are easy targets for the purpose of defamation on websites or even just to cause someone reputational, emotional or financial harm.

Why defamation on websites appear in the internet search results 

Defamation by mixing true and false information

What is the limitation period for defamation

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Why defamation on websites appear in the internet search results 

Perpetrators of online defamation, and particularly defamation on websites, often purchase domain names, which carry the names of their victim. They then use social media accounts, sometimes under their victim's name, to create blogs and blog posts, which also display the name of their victim to cause maximum reputational damage. This way, they make it very easy for Google to display the defamatory search results about the victim on the top of the search pages. This process is called search engine optimisation or black hat SEO" and it can be used to devastate the victim's life. It might involve impersonation and breach of privacy certainly involve the posting of fake and false posts about the victim.

Website Defamation & Online Reputation Management FAQ

Website Defamation & Online Reputation Management FAQ

Defamation on websites appears in search results due to the use of domain names containing the victim's name, social media account manipulation, and black hat SEO tactics. These techniques are specifically designed to ensure defamatory content ranks highly in search results, making it easily accessible and more likely to harm the victim's reputation.

Defamation can mix true and false information by presenting half-truths in a way that creates a misleading impression. While some content may be factually accurate, the context or juxtaposition with false information can distort the overall meaning and lead to a defamatory narrative.

The limitation period for bringing a defamation claim is 12 months from the date of the first publication. Claimants can sometimes extend this period by providing a compelling reason for delay. However, acting swiftly is essential for an effective response and to prevent the cementing of defamatory content in search results.

Specialist reputation management is necessary because social media defamation is often not taken as seriously as traditional media defamation. With expertise in public relations and legal strategies, specialist teams can mitigate reputational damage, navigate the unique challenges of the internet, and advocate for recognition and robust legal protection against defamation.

Restoring reputation with a positive PR campaign involves a systematic approach, focusing on acceptance of responsibility, raising awareness of relevant issues, and engaging in rehabilitative and charitable work. Utilizing digital platforms to spread positive content and stories can deflect negative impact and support recovery and rebuilding of a positive reputation.

Defamation by mixing true and false information

In some cases, the information published about the victim of defamation is not necessarily false, or to be more precise, is not completely false. True information can be equally damaging to one's reputation and may affect the victim's ability to obtain employment or progress their personal and business lives.

Sometimes a half-truth is worse than a lie. A half truth can create an impression about something which may be considered defamatory. What is important, particularly in cases of defamation on websites, is the meaning of the words, the article or the website rather than whether the published content includes some truths or half-truths. It is, therefore, possible to post half-truths which are considered defamatory.

What is the limitation period for defamation

Under the Defamation Act 2013 the limitation period to being a claim for defamation is 12 months from the date of the first publication of each post you are complaining about. You can still bring a claim for defamation even if you have missed the limitation period of 12 months but you will need to provide a very good reason to convince the judge to dispense with the limitation period. 

It is, however, open for the defendant to raise the limitation period as an issue, and the burden will then be on you, to request dispensation from the court. Time is of the essence when it comes to repairing damaged internet reputation and the recovery process can take some time to complete. If you are facing defamation on websites, each day of inaction makes the job of reputation restoration even more challenging.

Even when bad pages have been appearing undisturbed at the top of the search results for some time, it is still important to act fast to remove them. Each day that goes by helps to cement the high position of the defamatory websites on the top of Google search results. Any delay in taking action to remove defamation on websites is likely to make it harder for you to obtain appropriate court orders to help you remove the defamation from the internet. Those court orders can take some time to obtain and enforce so speed is of the essence.

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Within our law firm, our team comprises lawyers who bring a wealth of experience, including backgrounds in public relations. Our central mission revolves around mitigating reputational damage, and we are deeply committed to shielding our clients from the adverse consequences of defamation, libel, and slander. We understand that in the realm of social media, defamation often does not receive the same level of gravity as it does in traditional media outlets, nor is it always appreciated by the general public.

Our unwavering dedication is to bring about a shift in this perception. We are steadfast in our efforts to illuminate the profound harm that defamatory online content can inflict upon an individual's personal and professional life. Our team's specialised knowledge and proactive approach empower us to transform the discourse surrounding social media defamation. We advocate for its recognition as a serious matter warranting robust legal protection. You can trust us to work relentlessly in preserving your reputation and vigorously defending your interests.

Are you a victim of defamation? Time might be of the essence. Call us now for legal advice on +44 207 183 4123 or send a request and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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