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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Seeking Change in Libel Laws?
by Stephen Lendman
To win defamation lawsuits, plaintiffs must prove falsified statements or information – causing material harm either negligently or willfully.
A thin line at times separates free expression from defamation in America. Slander and libel laws are more defendant-friendly than the other way around.
At the same time, false statements or information harming the reputation of individuals, businesses or other entities aren't protected under the Constitution's First Amendment.
Section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act absolves Internet service providers and web sites of defamation liability over user comments and content – why Facebook, Google and other online platforms aren't libelous for material on their sites.
If plaintiffs are public figures like Trump or members of Congress, the standard of willful malice must be met to be deemed libelous.
Besides federal standards, e
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