The common law origins of defamation lie in the torts of “slander” (harmful statement in a transient form, especially speech), each of which gives a common law right of action.

“Defamation” is the general term used internationally, and is used in this article where it is not necessary to distinguish between “slander” and “libel”. Libel and slander both require publication.[7] The fundamental distinction between libel and slander lies solely in the form in which the defamatory matter is published. If the offending material is published in some fleeting form, as by spoken words or sounds, sign language, gestures and the like, then this is slander.


Libel is defined as defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.[8] The law of libel originated in the 17th century in England. With the growth of publication came the growth of libel and development of the tort of libel.[9]    

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Jewish Law on Proper Speech – Lashon Ha-Ra

Introduction to LaShon Ha-Ra


Article on Gossip & Speech

Resources & Links

Nolo on Social Media & Defamation

Cyber Investigations – Facebook


After having a TRO – Restraining Order  filed and made permanent by the judge… I noticed the restrained person has negative photos and blurbs regarding me and my behaviors. They were on her Facebook page before the order took place…

Is this allowed?

Can I have it stricken from her page?

***Here’s Facebook’s instructions on how to report abuse, bullying & harassment.

Community Standards

Bullying and Harassment: How we respond to bullying and harassment.

We don’t tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow you to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but remove content that appears to purposefully target private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them. This content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Pages that identify and shame private individuals,
  • Images altered to degrade private individuals,
  • Photos or videos of physical bullying posted to shame the victim,
  • Sharing personal information to blackmail or harass people, and
  • Repeatedly targeting other people with unwanted friend requests or messages.

We define private individuals as people who have neither gained news attention nor the interest of the public, by way of their actions or public profession.   Learn More ===>

Reporting Abuse

If Facebook won’t remove the posts – then check out this article from Traverse Law… hopefully there are some things the protected woman said that are not true.


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7 comments on “Libel, Slander LaShon Ha-Ra

  1. Well Steve no luck Facebook is allowing the post in the police can’t do anything about it because it was before the TRO so I’m SOL !

  2. Steve… Thank you! This truly helps!
    One last question:

    This Permanent Restraining Order is in one county…. She lives in another county… Which county would I go to lodge my grievance? Hers or mine?

    Thank you agian…


    • The violation occurred in your county as that is where you saw the post were harassed. I’m not an attorney. The worst that can happen is the police tell you to go to the next county. It’s my understanding a restraining order is valid throughout the United States.

  3. Steve: maybe I was unclear… The one writing this is the male and the protected person… I’m talking about her the restrained person… Tho it works the same I believe… Correct?

    Thank you Lo

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