Social media platforms provide an opportunity for many to have a voice and share information. They help friends and families to stay connected, and supply businesses with new ways to reach out to clients. Yet, despite social media regulations, false or defamatory content often appears online. In fact, users who post defamatory, reckless, or inappropriate comments are often rewarded with more attention.
How often do you post a life update on social media without thinking about it? Or read a snarky tweet about a stranger? Although many people forget, social media is a public platform where comments can impact other individuals. Someone who feels a social media comment or post has damaged their reputation may want to consult with a social media lawyer about their rights. Below we look at social media law and what you need to know about suing on social media.
What can you sue for on social media?
Many individuals may feel taken advantage of, harassed, or defamed based on social media comments. State governments are slowly enacting laws that outline proper online behavior specifically, but there is also existing legislation that prohibits certain actions and allows individuals to sue for social media behavior. If you believe you have been a victim of online defamation, cyberbullying, or privacy or copyright infringement, be sure to contact a social media lawyer to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
Defamation on social media
Online defamation is one of the leading lawsuits in social media law. Defamation occurs when a false statement is made to a third party that injures the subject’s reputation. Traditionally, defamation came in the form of libel in written publications like newspapers or books, or as slander in spoken statements. However, with the birth of the digital age came social media, providing the world with numerous platforms that double as public forums, and that could potentially house defamatory comments that have been published online for the world to see.
If a false statement that harms your reputation has been made online, and someone other than you or the commentator viewed it, you may have grounds to sue. If you are accused of online defamation, you have several defense options that a social media lawyer can discuss with you.
Harassment on social media
Cyberbullying or online harassment is a growing problem worldwide – just take a look at the statistics below.
In 2020, 1,974 people shared why they have been the target of cyberbullying.
While access to social media allows friends and family to stay in contact, it also provides opportunities for harassment, abusive behavior, or intimidation to take place as well. Most states have implemented laws specifically targeting cyberbullying, cyber harassment, and cyberstalking. Even if laws pertaining to cyber harassment do not exist, the behavior may fall under other state laws and provide the basis for a lawsuit.
Privacy and copyright infringement on social media
No one likes to see an embarrassing photo of themselves or private information splashed across social media. Social media users have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and if someone violates that expectation, you may be able to sue.
Additionally, producers and owners of creative materials may be upset if they see their copyrighted content exchanged freely and without credit online. An experienced social media attorney will not only protect your online work but also provide you with solutions to stop your content from being continuously shared without your consent on social media.
Where can you find an experienced social media lawyer in Arizona?
At RM Warner Law, we have an experienced team of internet lawyers in Arizona who can help you navigate social media and your legal rights. Our attorneys stay up to date on the legal issues that come with social media and online platforms so we can best serve our clients. Contact us now to connect with a lawyer and find out more about our services.