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Is it illegal to slander someone over the internet on a "slander" site?

Asked by Aster (18860points) June 7th, 2011

I did not do this but someone I know got on a website where people post bad stuff about a man or woman warning people to stay away from them. One of the men who was badmouthed found the post , knows who posted it and is threatening a lawsuit. Is what the slanderer did illegal? The slandered man is not a public figure by any means but is wealthy and in his eighties.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Yes if the claim is false and it was said to someone other than the claimant (ie broadcast over the internet).

The correct term would libel. Slander is only used if the statement is spoken not broadcast or published.

Aster's avatar

thanks. Was trying to think of “libel” but it drew a blank. The claims were not false but true or false would take months to prove. And he wants to sue when the “defendant” has no assets at all. I guess that means he doesn’t know what he’s doing or it’s just an empty threat.

Lightlyseared's avatar

In cases of libel the point of suing is not to get money as such but to clear your name.

If the claims were proven to be true then it’s not libel, however the burden of proof would lie with the defendant.

mattbrowne's avatar

In Germany, yes. People were convicted for this.

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