Defamation: If someone hurts your reputation

What are my rights?

My ex is spreading hurtful rumours about me on social media. Could this be defamation?
  • Yes
  • Maybe
  • No

A good reputation is the core of a person’s self-worth and dignity. Once lost, it’s hard to get back. (It’s often remarked that “the truth rarely catches up with a lie.”) And the consequences can be devastating, especially professionally. The law of defamation protects your reputation from harm that is unjustified.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in February 2022
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Daniel Coles, Owen Bird Law Corporation and Christopher Morcom, Pacific Law Group

Daniel Coles
Christopher Morcom

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