The Internet provides a platform for all people to share ideas, information, and reactions to an array of issues. In the earlier days of the Internet, people who wished to publish their thoughts generally had to create a website through a free or paid host or communicate on a message board or forum of some type. However, the Web 2.0 revolution saw websites emphasize communication by and among users. Some websites implemented comments sections. In other cases, entirely new websites populated wholly with user-generated content were founded.
Cheatersrus.com is a website with heavy emphasis on user-generated content. The site brands itself as a web destination to “report or fid cheaters here.” The site features the photograph, name, city, and state of alleged cheaters on its front page. These individuals were reported by users who claim that the individual is or was cheating or unfaithful to their spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. While some reports may be accurate, the lack of a registration requirement and the lax reporting standards means that a site like this can conceivably be used to take revenge or otherwise defame and humiliate an individual who has not engaged in unfaithful behavior due to a break-up or for other personal reasons.
If you have been targeted for online defamation and abuse by another and have found yourself posted on a website like Cheatersrus.com, the defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to secure its removal from the offending website. They guarantee the removal of the false and defamatory listing or you will receive your money back. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation, call us at (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.
How Can User-Generated “Cheater” Reporting Sites Exist Online?
Many people are shocked and surprised to find that sites of this type exist online. They may wonder, “How can a site like this exist without getting sued into oblivion? A newspaper or news website could never publish something like this!” On one hand, the person is probably right. A news site with writers that exercises editorial control over postings could not publish this information without fact-checking and verification if it wished to protect against legal liability. However, websites like cheatersrus do not function under the traditional editorial model. Rather, most content – at least potentially controversial content – is sourced directly from users and is not verified or corroborated by the site in any way.
Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites that publish user-generated content of any type receives broad protections against liability. In other words, the website itself cannot be held liable for defamatory postings that appear. On one hand, this immunity has allowed user generated sites like Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter to flourish. On the other hand, it does open the door for abusive behaviors by online abusers who choose to hijack the platform for their own ends.
However, the individual who makes the posting does not receive the same protections. The person making defamatory posts can still be held liable from their actions just like with traditional slander (spoken defamation) or libel (published defamation). However, the party who wishes to hold the writer of the comment liable must generally take certain steps to unmask his or her identity. The Internet defamation removal Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to identify the abuser through technological or legal means to pursue further action to compensate you for the damages caused by the defamation.
Problems with Cheatersrus.com’s Posting & Removal Policy
Cheatersrus.com does not require the registration of an account, e-mail verification, or any other steps to confirm the identity of the poster. Furthermore, the bar to posting is extremely low requiring only the name and location of an alleged cheater, a photo, and a brief description of the events. Thus, while some users may make reports they perceive as accurate, other users may use the site solely to attack others and advance their own interests.
While the site does have a removal policy, the policy is rather insufficient. The only direct means of removal for users is if they are the poster of the report and can verify their identity. Otherwise, the site requires the use of 3rd party removal services who are also advertisers on the site who have their ads on the right sidebar of the page. Very fish indeed. The site also provides a means to potentially remove pictures through the use of a DMCA, however there no telling whether the site actually complies, and a legal claim of this type should be carefully vetted by an experienced lawyer before being propounded upon a party.
Work with Experienced Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys
The experienced and strategic Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to remove defamatory postings, protect your name and reputation, and hold the individual poster accountable. We can approach sites like Cheatersrus.com and work with them to secure removal of the post. We are confident in our ability to remove posts from the Internet and we therefore offer a money back guarantee. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.