Due to business development, the protagonists Li and Zhang had a conflict in the follow-up business cooperation. In order to vent his anger, Li posted insulting and defamatory content to Zhang in his circle of personal friends from June 16 to 17, 2019, in the way of “open to all friends”, which also included a picture of Zhang. < p > < p > after discovering Li’s behavior, Zhang thought that he had insulted his reputation and personal dignity, so he sued him to the court on January 30, 2020, and asked Li to delete the contents of his circle of friends, publicly apologize and compensate for the spiritual loss of 10000 yuan. < / P > < p > on August 7, Ouhai court issued a final judgment. Li publicly released the wechat circle of friends to apologize to Zhang, eliminate the influence and restore reputation by not shielding anyone. The content of the apology released should be kept for at least 10 days. As soon as the incident of < / P > < p > occurred, it immediately triggered heated discussion among netizens. It is worth noting that on August 10, the official microblog of Ouhai court forwarded the blog post of people’s daily with the text “it’s very sudden that it’s red.” Nowadays, the Internet has become an indispensable part of people’s life. The place of illegal crime not only exists “offline”, but also the Internet has become a high incidence area of crime. < / P > < p > some netizens believe that the Ouhai court’s judgment “keeps pace with the times, and the circle of friends is not a place outside the law”. This also means that the country “pays more and more attention to the construction of network civilization.” < / P > < p > the cost of the court’s punishment measures to Li is too low, “it can’t play a warning role at all.” Netizen @ Bauhinia 2 appealed, “the relevant departments should deal with a batch of them from a heavy and quick manner.” < / P > < p > it is worth mentioning that “sharp eyed” netizens found that the incident took more than a year from swearing, prosecution to judgment. Is the time cost of rights protection too high? < / P > < p > netizen @ Ophelia and ballads questioned, “how many people have the energy and time to protect their rights when they encounter this type of infringement?” < / P > < p > under what conditions does the abuse of the circle of friends constitute a violation of the right of reputation? How to see the punishment of abusing people in the circle of friends? Sina science and technology interviewed famous law blogger @ Tan Dian’s views, lawyer Lei Jiamao of Guangxi Guangzheng law firm, Sui Bing, partner lawyer of Shanghai Jingheng law firm, and Yang Shichuan of Shandong Taicheng law firm. The well-known legal blogger @ Tan Dian said that in this case, because the defendant published insulting and defamatory language in the circle of friends, the court found that it constituted a reputation infringement, and the plaintiff asked the defendant to apologize in the circle of friends, which was supported by the court. The Internet is not a place outside the law. Everyone needs to be responsible for his speech. According to Yang Shichuan, a lawyer from Shandong Taicheng law firm, the law is applicable to all people within the jurisdiction of the country, whether they are citizens or not, and are bound and protected by law. If you swear in the circle of friends, you can’t get away with punishment because the place where the illegal behavior occurs is the virtual network world. This is the premise of dealing with this matter, that is to say, “the network is not the illegal place”. < p > < p > under the above-mentioned basic principles, three issues need to be implemented in specific cases. First, whether there are illegal acts such as insult and slander? Secondly, is the reputation of the victim damaged? Third, whether there is a causal relationship between illegal acts and damage consequences. In the era of we media, everyone can become the publisher and evaluator of information, so it is difficult to avoid some people using the we media platform to infringe on the legitimate rights and interests of others. The most common way is to insult, abuse, slander, attack and vilify others through the Internet, and infringe upon others’ rights of reputation, privacy, portrait and general personality. Lei Jiamao pointed out that for apology and reputation restoration, generally speaking, the platform on which the release of apology and reputation is carried out. For example, in this case, the infringer released infringement information in the circle of friends, and the people in the circle of friends of the publisher saw the infringing information, so the court ruled that the infringer should apologize in the circle of friends, which is called letting the infringer “hit himself in the face”. To be specific, swearing in the circle of friends needs to meet the following four conditions to constitute an infringement of the right of reputation. First, there is an objective fact that the reputation of others is infringed through wechat, and in addition to the perpetrator, there is a third person who knows about it. Second, subjectively, it is intentional or negligent. That is to say, you know that what you are publishing is insulting and slandering other people’s language, but you still send these contents in the circle of friends; third, you can name a specific person by name through wechat, or you don’t write down the name clearly, but the outsider will know who you are abusing at a glance. Fourthly, the insulting and defamatory language published has caused serious consequences to others. < p > < p > @ Tan Dian points out that only when the above four conditions are met can the reputation infringement of wechat swearing be constituted. It is necessary to bear the responsibility of stopping the infringement, restoring the reputation, eliminating the influence and apologizing, and the victim can also claim compensation for the loss. < / P > < p > in the past cases of reputation infringement, most of the ways of apology in judicial practice are face-to-face apology, written apology or newspaper apology. The scope of the first two ways to eliminate the impact is limited, and the latter way is increasingly unable to catch up with the development of the Internet era. Sui Bing explained that “the innovative way of the court has expanded the scope of apology and elimination of influence to the circle of friends of the infringer, which can better implement the original meaning of apology and play a warning role in the circle of acquaintances. It is also an effective punishment for infringers, which can be said to be more than one stroke, which is worth promoting.” < p > < p > Lei Jiamao reminds us that if we find that our rights have been infringed in cyberspace, such as being abused by others in the circle of friends and microblogs, we need to do a good job of evidence preservation and notarize the infringement information, so as to prevent the other party from deleting and failing to prove. After collecting all the evidence, we can further protect our rights. < / P > < p > every case tells us that the Internet is not a place outside the law. Every word and action will be paid attention to. We still have to persist in doing things behind our backs. What we have to do is to wait for the punishment of the law. Internet civilized society, rational, civilized Internet, for Internet users, more minors to create a healthy network environment.