@Dave One of the elements of slander is publication of the falsehood. The fact that people believe the falsehood and take action based upon it is part of the damages element in a slander case. Forming opinions and taking actions based upon false statements that you believe to be true without republishing the false statements is not actionable.
– ohwilleke May 24 '21 at 17:01
But what about defamation? Is this a legal synonym for slander? Or is it something different?