Can You Be Sued for a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Post?

Can You Be Sued for a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Post?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms provide millions of users across the world with a connection to family and friends through status updates and photos.  While the ability to share your thoughts and moments with your network has never been easier, posting certain information on social media can provide the basis for a lawsuit.  Hutcherson Law helps clients obtain relief from social media posts concerning:

  1. Defamation of Character

A Facebook post that defames the character of another person can be grounds for a lawsuit.  To prove defamation of character, the victim must show that a false statement of and concerning the victim was published, caused the victim injury, and is not protected by any privilege.  In addition to posting the defamatory statement, privately sending or publicly sharing a defamatory post with your network may also constitute defamation.

  1. Invasion of Privacy

An invasion of privacy on social media occurs when one-person posts embarrassing or private information about or photos of another person without their knowledge or consent.

  1. Breach of Contract

Many employers have rules and regulations about what employees can and cannot discuss in public (including on online platforms).

  1. Harassment

Harassment occurs when someone repeatedly behaves in a manner that is perceived as intrusive or threatening.  Many states have enacted laws to prohibit and prosecute online harassment such as intimidating behavior, cyberbullying, and even creating fake social media profiles, fake online dating profiles, and impersonating another person or company.

If you believe that someone is using or has used Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram in a manner that defames you, harasses you, invades your privacy, or is in breach of a contract, contact Hutcherson Law today! Our team of highly skilled Internet attorneys protect our clients against invasion of privacy, online harassment, defamation, and removing harmful posts fast.


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