Queens, NY asked in Internet Law for New York

Q: Hi I like to know if slander in social media such as YouTube and harassment is permitted !

Individual was a former consumer

Who engaged and found a loop hole to extort And slander

After extortion they posted a social media video via YouTube

And provoking daily harassment

Item was shipped from New York to California in which the buyer not only extorted the item for free

The consumer followed with a social media Harassment

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1 Lawyer Answer
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis
  • Lindenhurst, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: “The elements of a cause of action [to recover damages] for defamation are a ‘false statement, published without privilege or authorization to a third party, constituting fault as judged by, at a minimum, a negligence standard, and it must either cause special harm or constitute defamation per se." Epifani v Johnson, 65 AD3d 224, 233 [2d Dept 2009]

If you can prove that a false statement was published and that the statement caused you harm, such as loss of business income you can obtain a monetary judgment. You can also obtain an injunction requiring the removal of the defamatory statements.

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