I’ve been doing some research to see what can be done about the Twitter defamation that I mentioned previously. It is becoming clear that the perpetrator knows the law. Nothing defamatory was actually said; it was just suggested through retweets and mentions. And this clever person added another twist–fake variations on my name. I’m still looking into my options, but I think this allows them to bypass the normal defenses against defamation.
Normally, you would begin by filing a lawsuit in your state and issuing a subpoena to Twitter, either in its headquarters in California or one of the other states where it has an agent, requesting account information on the author of the tweet. The most important information would be the user’s IP address. Twitter defamation suits have been successful outside of the United States, and it is my opinion that if you have cause you have no choice but to pursue all legal avenues. I’ve decided that my only recourse is to leave Twitter.
“With the way Twitter is structured, tweets can spread quickly through retweets. They can also be linked to on Twitter or posted somewhere else online – even after the tweet has been deleted and/or privacy settings are used – through the use of a screenshot.”
Further instructions can be found on internetdefamationlaw.com. or Google ‘Twitter defamation, United States.’
 How to Deal with Potential #Defamation on Twitter, Vorys Defamation Law Available: https://www.internetdefamationlaw.com/how-to-deal-with-defamation-on-twitter-2/