5 Things to Consider Before Firing Back at Online Critics


Defamation and/or libel are generally untrue statements that damage your reputation. But if the negative comments are true, then you may not have recourse. Additionally, there are exceptions to defamation, one of which is “opinion.” If someone is clearly voicing just an opinion, it may be excluded from defamation if it is clearly noted. For example, if you say that “it is my opinion that a physician injured me.” That may not be true and may hurt the doctor’s reputation, but they may not have a cause of action because, after all, it is just your opinion.

It might be tempting to file suit or defend yourself aggressively, but before you react, here are five things to consider...

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