Q: I was sent a cease and desist letter but the evidence presented (screenshots) did not include me. Is this valid?
I was in a private conversation on a chat app (Discord) and someone took screenshots of what was said and handed it over to the person in question. I received a cease and desist letter through email. The information within the letter included screenshots of "defamatory statements", but my username/handle was not included in any of them. I have since contacted the firm to question its validity and they have given me conflicting answers, including whether the letter is even legitimate. My question is how to proceed, especially given that the screenshots used as "evidence" did not include anything I had said about the person filing the complaint.
A: Posting to a 3rd party on any platform could be considered publishing for purposes of defamation. If you are truly concerned then you should contact an attorney to go over the supposed defamatory statement.
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