Predatorswatch.com is a website that allows members to anonymously post about those who they have come into contact with online who they feel are sex predators and should be reported. The website encourages users to post personal information with the idea that “offenders should be taught a lesson before their actions escalate.”
Predatorswatch.com is an entirely user-generated website. This means that there are no writers or editors of Predatorswatch.com that produce the content. If your name appears on our website, it’s because your information was submitted by someone else in the community who believes you committed actions consistent with that of an online sexual predator.
Concerns about Predatorswatch.com
Predatorswatch.com states that they will not remove user-generated posts, however, they do offer three options to remove a post on their website. The first option allows you to remove your post if you report others. The second, if you are the victim of a post and don’t agree with what has been posted about you, you can make use of the independent 3rd party services below to challenge the post. The third options, allows you to have your name removed if you do charity work at the American Red Cross.
These removal policies are troubling and call into question the validity of their site. Also, the site’s submission page is scant and allows anyone to post potentially defamatory information including your picture without so much as a reason. The first option for removal states that they will remove your information from the site if you help raise awareness by reporting three other individuals. This is troubling because in addition to not having to state why this person qualifies to be on this site it also has no way of monitoring who is on the site.
Damage Caused by Online Defamation on Sites like Predatorswatch.com
Defamation of any type can have significant and long-lasting impacts on those who suffer from a defamation attack. If you have been the target of an online defamation, you may suffer from severe anxiety and worry about who may be reading these statements. Unfortunately, online defamation can go beyond the world of the Internet and can start to affect real life. With the ease and searchability of the Internet, anyone who searches for your name may find you on one of these sites.
Schools and employers usually conduct searches on applicants and you do not want false information to ruin your chances of getting a good job or keeping you from the job of your dreams. Defamation on the internet comes in many different forms however most people who have been the subject of a cyber attack feel that their rights have been invaded and often experience a great deal of anxiety.
PredatorsWatch.com states that their website in no way means intent to harm and is very reasonable to work with. The goal of this website is to protect our visitors from sexual predators and perverts and allow the abused to vent and report. However, despite their good intentions, the impact that this site may have on your life can be immeasurable.
Whom Can I hold Liable for Internet Defamation?
If you have been subjected to online defamation you naturally want to hold someone accountable for the damage they have and will continue to cause to your reputation. However, it is never wise to dive into a lawsuit. There can be severe consequences for filing what is known as a frivolous claim, or for not having your documents conform to court rules.
Additionally, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from being directly sued protects many websites that do not generate their own content. Section 230 provides broad immunity for websites that host user-generated content. However, the individual poster who wrote and published the content does not receive the same immunity. That means that this individual can be sued.
However, the identity of this poster often must be uncovered for a lawsuit to proceed. This means that a lawyer may need to subpoena the site to obtain the poster’s IP address. This IP address can then be used to derive the individual’s identity from their Internet service provider. However, the ISP is unlikely to divulge this information without proof or, potentially, an additional subpoena.
Attorneys to Remove Online Defamation & Hold Individual Posters Accountable
If you have been defamed or attacked online, you want the online abuse to stop. The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to get the offending content removed from websites like PredatorsWatch.com. We are confident about our ability to get defamation or a content removed from the Internet and guarantee the removal of the content. If we are unable to remove the content, we will refund your fee. To arrange a free, confidential legal consultation call 216-373-7706 today or contact Attorney Aaron Minc at Aminc@meyersroman.