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Defamation is nothing new. People have made untrue, hurtful comments since humans developed language. However, our age of computers, the Internet and social media has made it easier and quicker than ever to spread damaging lies. Since 1980, The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III has defended the victims of defamation in communities throughout Virginia Beach. Our lawyers have remained current on the ever-evolving laws that affect the rights of Internet users and the individuals who become the subjects of statements delivered in this method.
When online postings cross the line from free speech to defamation
Internet discourse presents the challenge of balancing the rights of individuals to be free from unwarranted attacks with the rights of online writers to Constitutional protection. Although defamation is not protected speech, distinguishing when the language crosses the line from First Amendment territory into defamation requires complex analysis and interpretation.
We have substantial experience proving that the offending statements fall outside the scope of the First Amendment. When the forum where the statements were posted claims to be a media outlet, our Virginia media defamation attorneys hold them accountable under the laws governing news sources, Internet usage, slander and libel.