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How to address defamatory online content

Meridith Levinson | April 7, 2009
What can you do when you find content about yourself online that you think is defamation?

Similarly, in the event the individual who posted the offending content did so anonymously, the offended party can file suit (in some states, the legal action may be known as a "John Doe" suit), then his or her attorney can subpoena information about the anonymous user, such as their IP address or actual subscriber information, says Yang.

One of the most important things users can do to manage their reputations online is "to supply true and accurate information about themselves on the Internet," says Yang. "That balances the possibility that what turns up in search results better represents who they are."


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