Building and growing your author platform requires you to be very active and vocal online, and this opens the door to two outcomes you will want to avoid: being guilty of online defamation and libel yourself, or being the victim of someone else’s online defamation and libel. Most people seem to think that anything published on a website or blog is automatically classified as opinion, and is therefore protected free speech. They’re wrong. Bloggers have been hit with millions of dollars’ worth of libel judgments, and there are entire legal practices specializing in internet defamation.
an imputation which is likely to lower a person in the estimation of right-thinking people;
an imputation which injures a person’s reputation by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule;
an imputation which tends to make a person be shunned or avoided.
- Is the offending material really libel, not statements of fact or non-actionable opinion?
- Is the offending material likely to be seen by large numbers of people?
- Is the offending material truly likely to damage your reputation?
- Discussion group administrator
- Site administrator
- Site editor
- Site owner
- Blog or Site platform/software provider
- Content aggregator
- Site hosting company