Types of Defamation

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Defamation is not one single concept. Rather, there are various causes of action for damage to one’s reputation via “defamation.” For each, the basis concept is the same: a person or entity has communicates a false statement about one person to a third party.

Here are the various types of defamation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

*A false and damaging oral statement about the plaintiff (slander)

*A false and damaging written statement about the plaintiff (libel)

*Statements about you pertaining to one’s profession (slander per se)

*False information in blog posts and comment sections

*False information on websites, comment section, and other places on the internet, posted anonymously or under a pseudonym.

*False information on social media communications (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.)

*False statements about the plaintiff in email to third parties.

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