Four things to do when a blogger slurs or slams you on line

Bloggers (Those who blogs); Social Media Users (Those who use social media); And Social Media Practitioners (Those who use social media extensively for a political or economic purpose) express their thoughts and opinion under the right of freedom of expression. However, If that right to freedom of expression is abused is there no redress or solution? It is a common misconception that there is nothing that can be done and this dangerously leads to thoughts and notions of supporting state-sanctioned Internet police actions, sanctions, and censorship. There are actually four things you can do if you find yourself being slapped, dropped kicked, slammed or pile drier by a blogger, social media user and social media practitioner.

First, Call out

Answer and call out the slander or any action you see unjust.. If it is done on twitter then answer on twitter. If its done one FB then do it on FB. Of course you have to determine if this is the right way to go or to leave him or her be.

Second, Post and Riposte

For lengthier slander and attacks, You can do a riposte, ie write counter post pointing out the wrongs and falsehoods. Now if it is a valid criticism perhaps you can write a post acknowledging it and probably elucidate how you would go about to rectify what was pointed out. Of course you have to determine if this is the right way to go or to leave him or her be.

Third, Call the community concerned

If the attack happens in any of the following social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook and it falls under any of the statute of the community laws and rules — for example is it hate speech or a criminal act. Then report it to the those who managed the communities for a forum it may be the forum admin or for FB report it to FB itself. Of course you have to determine if this is the right way to go or to leave him or her be.

Fourth, Call the law

Now if the action happens to fall into any of the crime specified in the cybercrime law then seek the help of the authorities and seek legal help. The law tempers freedom of expression with laws protecting the safety, reputation and properties of the individual. Of course you have to determine if this is the right way to go or to leave him or her be.

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