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When someone lies about you on the internet--slander or libel?

Libel and slander laws were created to help protect your reputation from false attacks, but with the advancement of the internet it can be confusing to understand which applies online. The short answer is it depends.

Slander is the act of defaming someone's character through spoken word. This essentially means that in order to qualify for slander someone has to have damaged another's character verbally with provably false claims.

With that definition in mind, it may seem when people defame someone else's character on sites like YouTube and apps such as Snapchat, it looks like a form of slander because they include people clearly speaking.

However, YouTube videos are considered published and therefore would not qualify for the traditional definition of slander.

Instead, they would fall under libel. Libel means someone published false claims, traditionally in writing. Since online content is considered published as soon as it is visible on the internet, even temporary videos (such as Snapchat posts) can qualify for libel.

The ways you can publish online are rapidly outpacing our definitions of slander and libel, and courts are adjusting accordingly. Lawsuits online are rarely specified as slander or libel, but instead grouped under the label defamation.

With the internet churning out more ways to communicate than ever before, it's important to understand what you can do when your reputation is at stake.

If you feel you have been the victim of defamation online, the first step is to contact someone with experience removing this kind of content from the internet.

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