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How to Stop (and Remove) Online Impersonations on Social Media, Other Websites

Professionals and companies are being harmed online and on social media in a number of ways. One increasingly common form of online harassment is impersonation of the person (or company) that the harasser is intending to harm through the creation of fake public personas on social media platforms or websites. Major...

Actor Can Proceed With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit, Likely to Unmask Anonymous Twitter User

Actor James Woods is one step closer to unmasking the identity of the unknown Twitter user he sued for $10 million last summer. Last Monday, Judge Mel Recana of the Los Angeles County Superior Court denied the defendant’s Special Motion to Strike. This allows Woods to proceed with his case against...

Employers Must Be Careful Using Non-Disparagement Clauses to Discourage Employees’ Negative Online and Social Media Posts

In recent years, there has been backlash against non-disparagement clauses pertaining to online reviews. In particular, those attempting to restrict honest—albeit negative—feedback about companies.  In fact, California passed a law in August 2014 prohibiting anti-negative review policies. Meanwhile the Federal Trade Commission filed its first ever lawsuit over similar non-disparagement clauses...

How Businesses Can Protect Their Executives From Online Reputation Attacks

Businesses are incredibly vulnerable to online reputation attacks.  Virtually anyone with a motive can seriously harm a business’s reputation online.  This issue has been previously framed from a company perspective.  What has not been discussed as much is how company executives are also quite susceptible to being attacked online, and...

How to Remove Harassment, Other Harmful Internet and Social Media Postings

Minutes, if not seconds, is all it takes for someone to cause harm to another person on the internet. Whether a single posting on social media or another online forum, or a full-fledged harassment campaign consisting of numerous postings on various platforms, it is extremely easy today to cause damage...

Six-figure Judgment Entered Against Rapper in Instagram Case

Internet defamation is generally seen in the context of false statements published on actual websites or in emails. But online defamation also occurs through social media apps – and Instagram is no exception. Back in the spring, we wrote about the issue of Instagram defamation and how to remove defamatory...

How to Remove a Defamatory Instagram Post

Although visual in nature, people are not immune from defamation on the popular photo-sharing app Instagram.  In fact, in 2014 – merits of the respective claims aside – rappers 50 Cent and The Game were each sued in unrelated matters for allegedly tarnishing others’ reputations through Instagram posts.  Instagram – the...

Twitter, Reddit Change Policies to Prohibit Revenge Porn, Establish Revenge Porn Removal Procedures

Earlier this month, Twitter updated its rules to prohibit “revenge porn,” or the posting of nude photographs or videos without the subject’s consent.  This news came a couple weeks after Reddit announced a similar change to its privacy policy reflecting its prohibition of revenge porn and the process of removing...

Central Florida Apartment Complex’s Anti-Negative Review Policy Backfires

For anyone looking for a place to stay – whether a hotel or an apartment complex – there is no question that, second to price, peer reviews are very important.   Hotels and apartment complexes are well aware of this too and, naturally, their owners and members of management are concerned...