Online abuse of this type can be profoundly upsetting and carry difficult professional and social consequences. However, you don’t have to live with and endure this type of abuse forever. The lawyers at Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to remove false, baseless, and otherwise defamatory Internet postings and reports about you. To schedule a no-cost, private initial consultation call (216) 373-7706 today or contact us online.
Posters to Cheater Registry Are Responsible for the Content of Their Posts
Cheater Registry is wholly dependent on individual contributors for the website’s content. The site claims that it does not create or aggregate content from other sources. The site does have a registration procedure that potential posters must complete prior to posting a cheater report on the website. Unfortunately, the only verifiable information required is an e-mail address which is little deterrent in light of the ease one can sign up for a webmail or throw-away e-mail account. The user’s first name, last name, and zip code can all be easily fabricated since the site does not verify one’s identity. This pseudo-anonymous environment where users may be able to avoid identification is likely to encourage malicious use of the site.
The site also requires users who submit a report to include three pieces of “proof.” The idea behind the “proof” is to encourage people to stick to the facts and to discourage abuse on the site. Unfortunately, even good intentions can go awry. The ability to include images, videos, audio, and other media can be abused by posters who are merely looking to humiliate, embarrass, or harass their victim. The posted images may be presented in a false light or private images may be made public. In any case, the actions of an angry and distressed poster can cause serious damage to the victim’s reputation and opportunities.
The High Cost of Online Defamation
An individual who posts false, baseless, libelous, or slanderous materials online can inflict tremendous harm, fear, uncertainty, anger, and sadness on their victim. Some victims may go on to develop depression or PTSD due to the traumatic experience. In short, false and baseless online postings can begin a period of emotional turmoil for the victim
The posting of defamatory materials can change how family, friends, colleagues, and others see you. It can lead to the narrowing of one’s social circle as people choose to believe the false rumors about you. False internet postings can also have extremely negative professional consequences. A boss or supervisor who stumbles on or is alerted to an online posting may choose to terminate the employee or treat the individual differently in the future. A background check and due diligence performed by HR for a new job may uncover the post and lead to the retraction of the job offer. Finally, false Internet postings can significantly complicate or derail the character & fitness portion of professional licensing processes.
Make the Internet Abuse Stop by Working with a Defamation Lawyer
If you have been targeted online by an individual who is posting false and defamatory things about you on websites like CheaterRegistry.com, you don’t have to live with the abuse and the effects it can have on your reputation and professional dealings. To schedule a no-cost internet defamation consultation call us at (216) 373-7706 or contact us online. The lawyers at Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA guarantee the removal of defamatory postings from the offending site or your money back.