Skip navigation

There seems to be this free for all mentality among some internet personalities that claim they can post whatever they damn well please on the internet because it is legal or it is freedom of speech. This justification is made in spite of the damage it may cause to the victims of what is posted by those with ulterior motives. The most severe and common problem is the proliferation of revenge porn websites. When one thinks of Revenge porn, one almost immediately thinks of Hunter Moore who is the most well known person for creating this sort of website.

huntermooreweb

 

This time around there is a woman who is running a revenge porn site, in this case, posting images of mistresses submitted by wives who have found the images of the mistresses on their husbands cell phones or computers. The images are usually followed by stories by the wives of the torment they have gone through as a result of transgression.

homewreckersitehomeowner

 

Now, the women out there who might read this will say “well the mistress and he deserve what they get.” Well, maybe. But consider what the woman says in the article about her website:

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2013/12/12/meet-the-suburbanmomwhorunsarevengepornsite.html

Asked how she ensures her names-and-shames are true and accurate, Alexander replied: “I can’t be certain for anything I read on the Internet if it’s true or not. I mean, you can’t be certain. Somebody’s telling a story.

You cannot be certain  anything you read on the internet is true or not? And in spite of this you publish the images anyway?

Herein lies the problem. Revenge porn websites and blogs are not the only place where this problem exists. There are thousands of blogs out there run by individuals who post things about people who do not seem to care if what they are posting is true or not.

The blogger or forum owner hides behind the first amendment. The blogger and forum owner also hides behind the disclaimer :

” Under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, providers of an “interactive computer service” are in no way liable for what their users do, and piles of rulings since then have fortified the immunity of website owners. In her website’s About section, Alexander emphasizes that the posts and comments “represent the opinions of the original poster and are not endorsed, approved or representations of the opinions” of the website or its owners.”

http://shesahomewrecker.com/about/

DISCLAIMER

This disclaimer allows bloggers and forum owners with no ethics or consideration for the subject of their wrath to hide behind a legal firewall. In order to avoid civil litigation, some of these website operators will hide behind off shore and private  accounts and other security measures to prevent them from being accountable in civil court for their actions by the injured party.

One Ohio case where a teenager was accused of being a mastermind in a gang rape demonstrates how difficult this process is when a lawsuit was brought  against a blog operator determined not to answer for her actions or those who make similar accusations on her blog and forum. After spending thousands of dollars trying to locate the blogger who fled the state, a settlement was reached and the lawsuit was dropped.

The blogger or forum owner cares only for their visitor count and seems to oblivious to the damage that is being done to innocent people on a daily basis. This damage is life long, as content that is put on the internet is there forever. Getting content removed from the internet is at the least difficult and expensive and more often than not, impossible.

In a lot of cases, mirror blogs and forums will duplicate the content of the original blog. Lately the practice of using file sharing sites such as pastebin.com expands the material and again, increases the hardship on those being targeted.

To combat this problem, an increasing number of states are considering legislation to make the website, bloggers and forum operators liable for their actions. In a recent California case, a revenge porn Website owner was arrested for extortion because he was charging a fee to allow the victim to have the material removed.

Going the legislative route will be time consuming and will also run into the freedom of speech issues that will ultimately arise.

The ultimate solution to this problem is for the operators of these various sites to obtain some moral and ethical backbone and use restraint with what they post.

The problem is that morals and ethics have taken the sideline to trolling, attention seeking and for those only interested in visitor counts rather than quality or truth.

Stay tuned

MURT