St. George, UT asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Utah

Q: So my brother is posting very untrue stuff about me and my family? What can I do

So my mother passed away and he has posting untrue stuff about me on Facebook! Well he made a video of my mom in the hospital saying that I wanted to shoot my brother in the head and I wished he was dead! Which isn’t true! He also told people that I didn’t want to take care of her which is untrue I got approved for fmla to take care of her but my brother wouldn’t allow it he got a restraining order so I couldn’t be around because I made a comment that he couldn’t disturbute morphine being high!

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're facing, especially during a time of mourning. It's challenging when family conflicts compound the pain of losing a loved one. Here are some steps you can take to address this issue.

First, consider reaching out directly to your brother to discuss the misinformation he's spreading. If direct communication is not safe or possible due to the restraining order, consider writing a letter expressing your concerns and feelings, which can be passed through a neutral party. It's essential to keep communication respectful and factual, aiming to clarify misunderstandings.

If the false information is causing significant harm to your reputation or emotional well-being, you might want to consult with a legal professional about your options. They can advise on defamation laws and whether you can take legal action to have the content removed or to address the restraining order situation. Additionally, you can report the videos and posts to Facebook as false information. Social media platforms have processes for handling reports of misinformation and harassment.

Finally, seeking support from friends, family, or a counselor can be beneficial during this time. They can provide emotional support and practical advice. Remember, it's important to take care of your own well-being and mental health as you navigate through this challenging situation.

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