[Net-Gold] JOURNALISM : NEWS : MEDIA : FAKE NEWS : LEGAL ISSUES: What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

 

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What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

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What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

December 7, 20167:04 PM ET

Heard on All Things Considered

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http://www.npr.org/2016/12/07/504723649/ what-legal-recourse-do-victims-of-fake-news-stories-have

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Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.

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That’s what happened to a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., recently, when an armed man claiming to be “self-investigating” a fake news story entered the restaurant and fired off several rounds.

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But once a fake news story is out there, and the harm has been done, what can a person do about it?

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Derigan Silver, a professor of media, First Amendment and Internet law at the University of Denver, tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that victims of fake news stories have legal recourse under defamation law.

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“Fake news sites are clearly a situation where they’re engaging in a defamatory statement, a false statement about another that damages that person’s reputation,” Silver says. “In that situation, that is certainly actionable.”

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Interview Highlights

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On the legal recourse for victims of fake news stories

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So in most of these situations, the person that has been harmed is going to bring a lawsuit that we call a tort. Now a tort is a noncontractual harm between two private individuals. It’s a civil lawsuit, where you’re alleging that one person harmed another. …

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So anytime one private individual harms another private individual, you can bring a lawsuit for a tort. So one of those torts that people can have advantage of is called defamation. Defamation is a tort that alleges that a communication damaged your reputation.

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Man Fires Rifle Inside D.C. Pizzeria, Cites Fictitious Conspiracy Theories

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