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Internet Defamation Guide - 10 Questions to Spot or Avoid Online Defamation

As internet speech grows, so do internet defamation cases. It is easier today to ruin names, brands, and reputations with online negative statements. Yet it is also easier today to raise issues and advocate change before a widespread audience connected by the internet. 

These 10 questions should help an online company spot or a blogger avoid online defamation.

1. Is the statement defamatory in character?

A defamatory statement (written, oral, or visual) hurts another’s reputation. Accusations that another committed a crime or engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct are per se defamatory, which can lead to automatic damages. An embarrassing or annoying statement is not defamatory.

First Amendment Protections For Internet Company / AI “Speech”

Freedom of speech has long applied beyond the spoken and written word. The Supreme Court has held that it applies to conduct, such as burning a flag, and it is currently considering whether it applies to the baking of wedding cakes in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

But what about internet search engine results or other automated online “speech”? What about speech created by Artificial Intelligence?