It usually is very difficult to deal with justified reproaches here and there against you as a person. On the other hand, having to deal with an online attack with a vendetta against your reputation is just unwarranted and unfair. Dealing with cyber bullies who use the online platforms to tarnish people’s reputations is not easy.
There is an opinion battle on how to deal with online defamation but mostly on whether to use the legal approach or the non-legal approach. The truth is, once you have taken the legal approach, it shows you are fully on the offensive and are ready to fight back whilst the non-legal approach is laid back and may just as well have the same impact. With the legal way, you shall have to consider the legal fees but it is an undoubtedly successful way to deal with the issue. Usually the legal approach sometimes may seem a little heavy handed ending up in garnering sympathizers for your attacker.
Communication with your online attacker shall have to be established when dealing with the non-legal approach. The attacker may pull down the content and thus restore your reputation. However if the attacker is hiding behind a fake identity or is anonymously posting this damaging content, the non-legal approach might not be all that helpful.
If the false statements and stories are posted by anonymous bodies, there is need to bring in an online defamation attorney who shall then be able to investigate, find the identities and take them to court if necessary. You will find that the case won’t need to go to court but you need to be open to that option if need arises. Most of the online attacks are meant to throw you into financial pitfalls or area from plain malice and thus affecting your source of income, the court shall find just cause for a case. In this instance, you can let your attorney find the proof and let him do his job.
The other way as the lawyers are working towards finding a ground to pull the plug on the false information, is to report them. Report the domain name to their registrars, to their hosting companies, to the social network and to Google. One or the other is bound to do something about it. Reporting the attackers in this way however may be construed by observers and stakeholders alike that it is more retaliatory and therefore may not be the best approach and therefore should really be used as a last resort. Ensure you have sought legal advice before doing this and involve all stakeholders in case there is a backlash on you. The results of pulling this stunt may be very tough so you need to be prepared.