If you’re living in, or even visiting Australia at the moment and have been keeping a close eye on the local news, you’ve likely heard of the latest celebrity lawsuit; regarding defamatory comments aimed towards Oscar winning, Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush. Mr. Rush is best known for his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The King’s Speech and in the 1996 movie Shine; where he won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role the following year. The defamation lawsuit went in to courts earlier last week and was filed by Mr. Rush against the Daily Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News and a journalist; following two news articles published in late 2017, that the Australian actor claims to label him as a sexual pervert and predator. Continue reading “Defamation Isn’t A Crime Exclusive To Celebrities”
Whether you’re a child, adult, professional, or organisation, defamation can happen to anyone. Defamation is a form of bullying that can negatively impact an individuals personal and professional life, and an organisations reputation and trustworthiness.
When faced with defamation, the worst thing you can do is ignore it and let it be. Ignoring a case of slander is like walking away from wild fire, it will continue to rage on, expand, intensify, and leave a trail of destruction. Individuals and organisations need to stand up for themselves and tackle the offending slander material before it breaks down their reputation.
Here are 5 things you should do when faced with defamation. It is advised that these steps be taken in order.
Taking a screenshot of an offending online material that is causing defamation is the first thing you should do. This will ensure that the material is time stamped and it will provide you with the clearest and strongest evidence possible for your defamation claim. However, taking a screenshot means nothing unless you do something with it.
2. Seek family and friend support:
In almost all cases of defamation, the offending material is disheartening and negatively impacts an individual’s life. Some individuals may feel unsafe leaving the house, going to work, and some may remove themselves from all social media sites in an attempt to hide from the defamation. It would be in the victims’ best interests to confide in a friend or family member to talk about the defamation to their character. This would be beneficial as it would provide the victim with comfort and confirmation that the defamation material is something that should be taken seriously and acted upon.
3. Ask defamer to remove offending post:
When defamation material is sent via a social media platform or a google review in the cases where it affects a business, the individual or organisation should contact the defamer directly and ask them to remove the offending material if it is untrue and intended to cause harm. There is no harm in politely requesting this removal, the worst that can happen is that the defamer says no. In some cases, the defamer will remove the material. However, if the defamer refuses to listen to the request, it is appropriate to move onto to step #4.
4. Report to platform administer:
All social media sites have a terms and conditions policy that is intended to protect all users from online abuse. When someone purposely intends to falsely defame your character or ruin your business’s reputation, this is considered a breach of these terms and conditions and you are within your right to report this material. If this abuse continues to persist after this step, then its time to look towards the final approach.
5. Seek legal aid:
To seek legal aid may seem like an extreme course of action, however it doesn’t have to be as imposing as it sounds. Defamation2Go is an online legal service that can fight the defamation to your character in an easier, cheaper and less intimidating way. The process is simple; you complete an online form with evidence of the defaming material. Defamation2Go will then draft up a letter of a legal request to cease and remove defaming material, and then finally this letter is sent to the defamer. This letter is an effective way to cease the defamation to your character and allow you to get back to your everyday life.
Reputation is a curious concept, initially it’s created by you, by: your feelings, your attitudes, your behaviours, etc. However, your reputation very rapidly becomes controlled by a committee, as it’s developed and shaped by the perceptions of others. Your reputation is the mutual beliefs and opinions others have, of you. You’ll never have complete control of it, at most you can only influence your own reputation. Continue reading “How Important is Having a Good Reputation?”
The time for business leaders to control their professional reputation was yesterday. All leaders within an organisation need to understand the impact that reputations can have on themselves, and the organisation they represent. Reputation issues regarding defamation will stay online for life and can be difficult to resolve and remove. Business leaders can avoid and prevent future conflicts by undertaking a few simple personal brand control measures. Continue reading “The urgent reasons why business leaders need to think about their reputation”
The internet has created brand new opportunities for consumers to receive professional services at a click of a button. Businesses are now bringing their service online and it is revolutionising the professional services market, especially the legal industry. Continue reading “How the internet has made getting professional legal advice more affordable”
In the digital age, leaving a review for a business is such a brainless task for anyone who can write. Go on TripAdvisor, write a few words and click submit – it’s as simple as that!
Electronic word-of-mouth is the most powerful form of advertising nowadays. Positive reviews can lead your business to success but bad reviews can be a total nightmare, especially unfair ones that don’t do you justice. Continue reading “How do unfair reviews hurt your business?”
The internet has brought us closer social connections than we have ever had, but it has also made us more vulnerable and susceptible to trolls and bullies. It’s not uncommon to see people get mocked on Facebook or Twitter for something trivial or minor. Defamation is everywhere and can affect your personal life, your career and your reputation as a whole. Continue reading “This has to stop!!”
Do you think you can hide behind the screen of your device, send hurtful messages and get away with it? We live in a day and age where technology is intended to makes our lives easier, however, depending on how you use it, technology can make your life, and the lives of others so much more difficult. Continue reading “Cyber Bullies Need To Know They Can’t Hide”
When it comes to the matter of bullying, we often hear only the victims and their parents on the subject. I understand that it has dramatic consequences on their life. What is not addressed however, is the dramatic consequences that bullying has upon everyone involved. Bullying needs to stop in our school, for the sake of everyone.
Online bullying is harassment. This may involve the use of social media, email or text messages to abuse an individual and/or group. The way in which posts can be shared quickly to a large audience makes online bullying not only malicious but highly effective and dangerous.
The intention of technology, specifically social media, is to connect friends and family to the world. Despite the myriad of benefits derived from social media, it has also become a platform for malice. Examples of online bullying can include; defamation, threats and/or intimidation, creating fake profiles to cause harm and menacing posts.
It is important to note that online bullying is prohibited on social networking sites and online defamation is illegal. Despite the Terms and Conditions on each respective platform, cyber bullying is rising in prevalence and impact on society.