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Opinions posted on the internet can be malicious and damaging

A vast number of companies and individuals in Ohio and across the country have taken to using Twitter to post various comments, some factual and some based purely on opinions. These comments are immediately available to a multitude of viewers via the internet. In some cases, similar posts can be extremely malicious and cause a great deal of damage to the reputation of the party targeted.

One bad experience might be all that is required to set a person on a tirade against another party. Statements that are made online in a moment of intense anger can spread to the other side of the world in an instant. Recent studies indicate that as many as 62 percent of individuals across the country use social media on a daily basis to stay current on news and events.

There are numerous organizations that exist to advise a company or person how to protect against attacks on reputation by having a contingency plan in place. Knowing how to react and get out in front of such an attack with a statement might help avoid potentially harmful consequences. Unfortunately, the nature of social media can make this difficult, and not every situation is easily handled by simply confronting allegations online.

When a victim in Ohio is verbally attacked on social media outlets such as Twitter, he or she can suffer significant emotional and/or financial harm in the process. Victims of false and damaging posts on the internet often speak with an attorney for assistance in removing the information from the eyes of the public. If necessary, an attorney can also assist a client in pursuing a lawsuit against the party deemed culpable of posting the harmful content.

Source: cleveland.com, "How to protect your company's reputation before a Twitter attack, via Cleveland Press Club", Janet H. Cho, April 27, 2017

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