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Donald Draper
Posted - 12 January 2017 01:31
You'll need to give clearer details. It isn't libellous if it's true. if he's inferred you're a dickhead and you are actually a dickhead then you'll struggle.
Posted - 12 January 2017 01:34
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Happy to post more details offline if you have a private email address.

What he has posted is totally BS and unhinged. And I'm lots of things but not a dickhead. I should post the communications on here but it will get me into trouble so won't.
Vinnie Gambini
Posted - 12 January 2017 07:36
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Take screenshots of everything and gather all the relevant evidence before it is deleted: the content, other posts that identify him personally - especially if he's using an alias, his personal details, any comments made in response by others, number of followers, number of people who have engaged with the content (if available) etc etc

1. Basic run down - google it - look for something that is up to date and takes the Defamation Act 2015 into account. The fundamentals of the law have not changed, only procedure really.

If a third party makes a defamatory statement (whether libel or slander), you are entitled to seek damages and/or injunctive relief, as appropriate.

There are some common defences e.g. where the statement is true or it is presented as opinion etc

2. If you are a two bit politician - I feel sorry for you. But yes... it can potentially change things in that you will have very minimal protection concerning your political activities and it may be easier for the third party to dress up his comments as political opinion/legitimate criticism of your political history/stance etc.

3. Generally, headlines alone will not be considered defamatory. The whole article would have to be considered in context.

Apart from all of this, once you've considered where you stand:

1. Seek proper legal advice before getting going - running this sort of thing on your own is a recipe for disaster.

2. Will it be easier to convince the social media host (Facebook, Twitter or whoever) that the content should be removed because it is defamatory? May be much easier and more fruitful than court proceedings against some ladypart that invariably has no fvcking money.

3. I can't stand the police and hate involving them in things but...if he's posted it more than once and it is seriously offensive material, threatening, causes you alarm/distress etc. consider reporting him for harassment under the PfHA 1997 or offences under the MCA 1988 etc - again seek proper advice before making your complaint. The pigs hate dealing with this sort of stuff usually because it requires thinking on their part and some hand holding...

... and goes without saying that a strongly worded letter from a firm of solicitors may just do the trick. If he has no money, doesn't think he's done anything wrong and has any balls .. he may just publish the letter on his social media profile too.