Following the case of the teacher who celebrated the death of the bullfighter Victor Barrio through his Facebook profile, and the messages broadcast by supporters and detractors of bullfighting, it has returned to untie the controversy over the legal penalty of defame to someone through social networks.
The definitions of the verb ‘ defame ‘ are all very clear, and do not vary depending on the environment where the defamation (press, radio, television or Internet ) happen, so there is no confusion. Briefly and concisely, we can define the term ‘ defamation ‘ as the act of attributing to a person or entity a fact, a quality or condition that may damage his honor or reputation.
The recent case emerged following the death of the bullfighter Victor Barrios and all reactions and attacks on his person and his family occurred in social networks is only the latest in a long list. Worldwide similar situations in which someone write with impunity the first thing that comes to your head (or his thoughts and intentions very calculated ) thus damaging to one or more persons or entities succeed.
This point is very important to remember that the right to express our opinions freely, ends when the neighbor starts right to respect for his honor and reputation. So it is not allowed to write on social networks absolutely everything we think, as this impinges directly with the right to respect and honor of our fellow citizens.
This can be an endless debate, but it should be clear and determine that there is a big difference between expressing a complaint founded, a respectful opinion, or even publish a true and accurate information, and defame someone for free with expressions and hurtful words, or false affirmations. The difference is the damage that we cause and legal consequences that we can have.
And of course, we can not forget the damage that we can actually cause ourselves to defame someone via social networks. How? Being fired from our work by express opinions in public, for example As it happened to the Youtuber JPelirojo, which has lost the sponsorship of Nestle in his Youtube channel, because he has been gladdened by the death of Victor Barrio bullfighter in his Twitter account. This particular case caused a strong tide of social networks because bullfighting users have made a brand pressure to stop sponsoring JPelirojo by his words, converting the hashtag trending #BoicotNestlé
Nestle has had no choice but to give in to pressure and announced the termination of its collaboration with the Youtuber.
So, should be careful with what we say, be respectful and, if we become victims of harassment or online defamation, this is what needs to be done to denounce it.
1. Collect all comments and online attacks received
Sometimes the comments that we do without thinking damage our reputation, eventually are removed by repentance. If you want to sue someone for defamation should you have the ‘ snapshots ‘ of the comments in question. In addition, you should try to hold your desire to answer the attack, because that would only result in a useless exchange of aggression between two people who are not and will not agree.
2. Approach with goodwill
Like almost everything in life, before proceeding with a formal complaint for damages, it is better to have a personal approach with the other person involved .If you are remorseful and access to remove the comments and / or to apologize publicly, we could give the conflict ended. But if we have no answer to this good deed, it is understood that the person subscribes to your comments and no regrets if any expressed publicly, so that our complaint will be more than justified.
At this point, if the are reasons, we can choose to use the tools of denunciation own online platforms offer us, although this route can only lead to the cancellation of the account of another user, or report the incident in any police station or body state security that, ultimately, validate and pierce our case to a judge. If it considers that this is a defamation case, it shall summon the accused and, depending on the fault, may order the removal of the comment and / or repair of the moral damage caused to the attacked, economically, for example.
After show you a little more content on online defamation, since this blog we want to appeal to personal ethics and sense of responsibility of all Internet users to avoid situations denigrating and verbal attacks still happen in social networks.