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I am being defamated in social network, what are my rights?

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This woman just because of different political opinions is stating publicly on a social network, that my husband paid me to marry him, because of the green card.

Do I have the same rights to file a lawsuit as an american citizen? I do not have even my SSN yet.

Or do we only have those rights on that domestic violence pamphlet they give to us at the interview? (lol)

I am adjusting in a small community, I can't afford being defamated like this, we all deserve respect, and being truth or not this kind of thing can be on my way on even getting a job in here.

I am facing comments mocking me, saying to get out of america, stuff that basically says that I am a brainless imbecile, that I came here for money.

A lot of racism, that I am not willing to let go.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Romania
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Try notifying law enforcement, that should be your first step. They take cyber-bullying pretty seriously I think and if they continue to harass you in other forms, contact law enforcement again (Do not call the emergency number, just notify the non-emergency number). If they continue and you feel the threat is not going to stop, then you should file a lawsuit with all of the police reports showing you attempted to handle the situation and they would not comply.

I'm not a lawyer or anything, but that makes the most logical sense i would assume.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Have you reported the posts to the site administration? Just like on VJ, you can report the posts as racist or defamatory and they will take them down. If they are bad enough than the administration can close the account down.

As for a lawsuit, I believe you must show how you've incurred damages - such as a loss of a job, mental stability, family relationships, as a result of the postings.

Good luck


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You don't need to be a US Citizen, or even an LPR, to file a lawsuit.

For defamation, would need to demonstrate it is untrue and that you have suffered a material loss because of it.

Better to work through the site administrator, as recommended above. If no resolution, follow it up with a nasty and forceful letter from an attorney - to both the perpetrator as well as the site ownership. This is usually enough to spur some action. Actual lawsuit, though, would be a bit tricky and expensive.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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Most social networks will take action on bullying and harassment, that is probably your best option to begin with. Make sure you screenshot the abuse so you have it as proof if it continues and you need to take things further.


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