Defamation protects reputation, so that words are defamatory if they tend to reduce the reputation of a person in the minds of the public. A person is defamed if an untrue (reputation damaging) statement about them is "published" to a third party.
With the rise ofthe internet, everyone is a publisher now that blogging and social media is in widespread use. Once a statement is on the internet it is out there for the world to see.
Defamation proceedings can be prohibitively expensive. However as online publishing is becoming common, so solutions are being devised to make it more possible for ordinary members of the public, not just celebrities, to have recourse to justice if they have been defamed.
Reputation monitoring is a way to ensure you are alerted to what is being said about you on the internet. Take a look at our internet, and social media section for information about this and other topics such as the challenges presented by anonymous comments, and content hosted on servers outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales.
We have an extensive understanding of online reputation monitoring and the web.
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