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Publishing Information that Harms Another's Reputation
For months before he reportedly killed, anyone could follow the epic struggle in the mind of Joseph Edward Duncan III live, on the Internet. If they win then a lot of people will be badly hurt. Three weeks later, authorities allege, the demons won. Three members of an Idaho family were bludgeoned to death. Two children were dragged to a remote part of Montana, where both were sexually molested and the 9-year-old boy was murdered.
He fired his secretary of state for wanting to get tough with Russia. His EPA administrator and Interior secretary had so many ethics conflicts that they had to go. His attorney general got the ax for refusing to break the law. His Defense secretary couldn't abide the president's foreign adventurism and split.
When you publish online, whether it's on a blog, in a podcast, in a video you upload to YouTube, or simply in a comment on another's website, you might say or do something that harms the reputation of another person, group, or organization. Fortunately, not everything you publish that harms the reputation of others will open you up to legal liability. For example, you won't generally face legal liability if you simply state your opinion , even if your opinion is harsh, critical, or wildly off-base. Nevertheless, if you find yourself about to publish something that could harm another's reputation, you should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the various laws that protect reputation.