Online reputation: dealing with rampers, de-rampers and fantasists

The number of individuals posting false stories and rumours and defamatory statements about listed companies on the internet, often purporting to have inside information on the company’s business and future plans, has grown out of all control in the last two years.

Online bulletin boards such as LSE, ADVFN and Interactive Investor, and increasingly even social media such as Twitter, are the media of choice. Populated by shady or disgruntled individuals, and others who feed off a general interest in conspiracy theories, in many cases the rumours are part of a cynical attempt to ramp or de-ramp the company’s share price in order to make a profit.

Memery Crystal is at the forefront of taking action to tackle false, malicious and often defamatory statements made online about listed companies and their directors…

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