Those who feel defamed on social media urged to contact an attorney

Posted 16 June 2023 at 7:16 am


Defamation of character happens when a visitor leaves a comment concerning a social media post, as well as within the content of an article or document that a host has uploaded to social media for public view. A statement may be defamatory even if it is framed as an opinion.

Negative statements about people or companies appear frequently on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If they are false statements of fact, they can be considered defamation in some circumstances, or more specifically libel because they are written statements.

Some words, labels, social media posts, or accusations do more than trigger hurt feelings. Some can trigger serious psychological and monetary damage. This can occur when messages are placed online with the intent of costing people or business their ability to do any of the following:

  • Earn money through retail sales
  • Earn money through services
  • Raise revenue
  • Otherwise affect the company or the person’s reputation

If you believe you are a victim of defamation due to content the Town of Shelby, an individual, or entity has posted to social media, contact an attorney experienced in litigating internet defamation cases.

Andina Barone

Mindful Media Group