Charlotte, NC asked in Libel & Slander for North Carolina

Q: In the state of North Carolina can you get sued for a snap chat argument after you delete messages and blocked them

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N'kia (NLN)
  • Cary, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Defamation (libel and slander) requires making a false statement about one person to someone other than that person. A conversation between just two people doesn't typically constitute defamation, but it could constitute something else unlawful (like harassment).

Deleting a statement can minimize the damage that the statement may have caused, but it doesn't exactly undo the statement. The person who makes a harmful statement can be liable for whatever damage the statement caused (even after deleting it).

Blocking someone on social media may prevent that person from being able to see a statement, but someone could have captured a screenshot of the statement. Also, social media apps keep records of users' activity (including posts that users can no longer access or view).

With that being said, you can be sued for nearly anything. The real question is whether the other person can win the lawsuit. You could consult with an attorney about the specific facts of your situation to get a better idea of what types of claims someone might potentially be able to win against you.

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