Libel and Slander claim no matter how small can have a devastating effect on businesses. In extreme cases, it can even damage a brand’s reputation to the point where it can no longer continue its operations. Both Libel and Slander come under Defamation; therefore, it is easy to confuse the two. Libel refers to written or visual defamation, while Slander refers to oral defamation. Written or Oral, the purpose is the same – a false statement or claim about an individual or organization intended to harm their reputation. In the past, the most common methods of publishing Libel were newspapers, books, magazines, etc. However, nowadays, social media and Twitter handles are often used for this purpose.
In situations where you are angry or have a disagreement with someone, you could be tempted to behave in ways that are not socially acceptable. Social media is ever-present in our lives, and therefore it could be hard not to make any claims that could ruin someone else’s reputation in the heat of the moment. Such behavior can inevitably land you in trouble; therefore, it is best to remain calm and not act impulsively. Of course, this is easier said than done. When you are in situations where your patience is tested, consider physically moving from the environment or putting some time between the conversations. This strategy will force you to introspect your thoughts and emotions about the situation, thus, helping you to react calmer with dignity.