In this article, we'll discuss key legal issues related to online defamation, and we'll look at some real-life examples.(For in-depth information on defamation law, check out all of the articles in Nolo's Defamation, Libel & Slander section.The curious case of Manti Te'o, his fake online girlfriend and a band of alleged hoaxers has brought a new question to the forefront: just what kind of crime is posing as someone else online, if it’s a crime at all?
Many people have learned (to their dismay) that the internet allows people to speak their mind almost too easily.
Normally, this would be a great thing, as technology makes things better.
But when it comes to love, all technology does is leave a wake of emotional destruction, disconnection, and false positives. An article on highlights how Tinder has signaled a “dating apocalypse” because it doesn’t promote actual “dating” — it promotes hookups based on physical appearance.
Below, we’ll answer these questions and explore the legal intersection of libel, humor, and impersonating someone on the Internet.
I won’t bore you with a diatribe on the finer points of satire versus parody.