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Posted: Sep-18-2003 at 4:53pm | IP Logged
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Free Speech vs Defamation of Character

The First Amendment of our Constitution gives all American Citizens the right to Free Speech, which includes internet websites. However, Free Speech does have its limitations.

The First Amendment does not allow anyone to make false or misleading statements about you that can harm or injure your livelihood, which is known as "Defamation of Character".

What is considered "Defamatory"?
Any false or misleading statement of fact that is injurious to you or your livelihood may be considered defamatory. For example, the statement "He is a crook" may be considered defamatory if it is untrue.

Truthful statements are generally not considered defamatory even if they do cause harm. For example, "I saw him switch the prices" may not be considered defamatory if it was indeed a truthful statement.

Opinions are also generally not considered defamatory even if they do cause harm. For example, "I thought the food tasted terrible." is an opinion and is not considered defamatory. On a side note, a 1-star recommendation by itself is also NOT considered defamatory because people have their own right to choose to what degree they will recommend or "not recommend" a product or service.

Nevertheless, the following grey area does exist. An opinion of an implied fact may still be considered dafamatory if the underlying fact is untrue. For example, the statement "I believe he is a crook" may still be considered defamation.

Removal of Defamatory Remarks
Any message post that is considered to be defamatory is subject to removal at the sole discretion of staff.   If a post appears defamatory and another member challenges your posting for removal, the message will most likely be removed unless you are willing to disclose your identity and sign an affidavit of truth.

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