In this comprehensive article, we’re going to take you through how to remove libel and false accusations from BustedCheaters.com, why it poses a serious threat to your reputation and livelihood, and several alternative methods to remove or suppress defamation and malicious content!
To remove yourself and unwarranted false accusations and posts from BustedCheaters.com:
- Simply reach out to Minc Law today! At Minc Law, we guarantee removal of defamatory, libelous, and other false content from BustedCheaters! BustedCheaters.com requires the utilization of a law firm based 3rd party arbitration service to remove Internet postings, and notes that they will remove any attorney arbitrated post if it is deemed “maliciously motivated and unsubstantiated,” so reach out to the online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law now!
- Several alternative methods of content removal from websites and ISPs include: filing a DMCA takedown notice for material that infringes on your copyright or trademark, sending a cease and desist letter, and utilizing good SEO practices to suppress negative and false search results in Google.
- Cheater reporting websites typically share three fundamental inadequacies, which ultimately make them a hotbed for online defamation and libel; (1) anonymous registration policies, (2) unverified and unvetted content, (3) strict and vague content removal policies. When all three systemic failing come together, they effectively create a safe harbor for malicious online trolls and defamers, as the chances of legal recourse are often difficult for the average person and victim.
Online Defamation Law Fact: When confronting online libel and defamation, time is of the essence. The longer you let online defamation and false posts sit and spread, the more damage it could possible do to your personal and professional reputation. Setting up a Google Alerts account is an effective way to stay proactive towards monitoring your online reputation and presence. Simply enter your name, and any keywords you’d like to be alerted about, and receive notifications anytime the two are mentioned online. Just remember, proactivity is key.
If you’ve been the victim of false and malicious accusations and posts on BustedCheaters.com, contact the online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today to discuss a guaranteed removal. At Minc Law, we guarantee the removal of online defamation and libelous posts from BustedCheaters.com, and we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
In our tenure as Internet defamation attorneys, we’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of libelous and defamatory content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate. What are you waiting for? If you want a guaranteed post or comment removal from BustedCheaters.com, contact us now!
Furthermore, we’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and permanent removals, so rest assured you’re in good hands.
Let’s put an end to the online abuse today!
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The Brass Tacks: What is BustedCheaters.com?
BustedCheaters.com is a popular online website and bulletin board for persons to post about cheating exes, spouses, and other “unfaithful” persons. Specifically, BustedCheaters enables users to “Submit a Cheater” to their online bulletin board and forum through an easy-to-use submission box, where they can post a “cheater’s” full name, city and state, and any “gossip” pertinent to their experience. Furthermore, it authorizes users to post supplemental photographs or PDF documents.
BustedCheaters.com sorts cheaters and the accused by state, with the top five most viewed locations being:
- New York
- International (not technically a state – but this shows BustedCheater’s online reach)
And while BustedCheater.com’s social media presence isn’t as big of a threat to your reputation as some other cheater reporting websites, it still does have over 100 likes on their Facebook page. Keep in mind that all it takes is for one person to catch wind of the information online and then circulate it, leading to potentially irreparable damage to one’s personal and professional reputation.
BustedCheaters.com falls under the category of a user-generated content platform (UGC), which means the bulk of its content is created, or “generated,” by third-parties. What makes BustedCheaters.com such a threat to one’s reputation is their site disclaimer, which actually acknowledges their near-blanket immunity granted to them (and other UGCs and ISPs) under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). It reads:
“The content of all posts and comments on BustedCheaters.com represent the opinions of the original poster and are not endorsed, approved or representations of the opinions of BustedCheaters.com or its owners.”
Simply put, unless BustedCheaters authored or curated the content in any way, shape, or form, they are likely protected under Section 230 of the CDA (we’ll address this below in Section 3).
If you’re from one of the above four states which are popularly posted about, we recommend you head on over to our United States Defamation and Libel Laws Mega-Page, which includes an interactive defamation map. Familiarizing yourself with the simple rules and procedures surrounding your state’s defamation laws is recommended in case you ultimately need to bring a libel or slander action at a later point. Don’t miss out on being able to file a libel or slander suit because you overlooked your state’s respective defamation statute of limitations!
United States Defamation Law Fact: As noted above, it’s extremely important to familiarize yourself with your state’s respective statute of limitations time frame, as it may ultimately save you from having your claim denied. It’s important to understand that due to the nature of fleeting evidence and being communicated in a spoken form, slander actions generally boast a shorter statute of limitations than libel claims. Most defamation statute of limitations in the U.S. range from 1 year to 3 years, so make sure you brush up on which timeframe your state follows!
Guaranteed Removal From BustedCheaters.com
At Minc Law, we can guarantee your removal from BustedCheaters.com, simply reach out today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation consultation. Removing content and libelous posts from user-generated content platforms and websites can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. However, rest assured when working with the online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law, you’re in good hands.
Keep in mind, in order to make the online defamation and takedown process as smooth as possible, you should do the following:
- Screenshot and document all offending material,
- Have a trusted friend or family member help screenshot and document the libelous and false content,
- Refrain from responding directly to the malicious poster or online troll.
While we are able to guarantee the removal of libelous and false content from BustedCheaters.com, that’s not always the case with other user-generated content platforms. So, let’s take a look at several alternative methods of removal utilized in situations where a cheater reporting website has false and defamatory posts.
Alternative Methods of Defamation Removal From Cheater Reporting Websites
While we offer guaranteed defamation and libel removals from BustedCheaters.com, we are not able to offer such guarantee for all cheater reporting websites. In this section, we’re going to walk you through several alternative methods to content and post removal from not only BustedCheaters.com but other cheater reporting websites too.
Copyright Infringement & DMCA Takedown Notice
A popular “alternative” method for removing specific content from websites and ISPs is the filing of a DMCA takedown notice. As we noted above, most UGCs and ISPs which provide a platform for third-parties to create and post content do recognize intellectual property infringement – as it’s one of the narrow exceptions provided for under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
A DMCA takedown notice can be used in situations where a party has posted an unconsented photograph or other media, to which you hold the copyright. Oftentimes, most posters don’t actually possess the copyright to a photograph, video, or other form of media which they publish online, meaning they are infringing on yours or someone else’s copyright. BustedCheaters.com recognizes this and states:
“Although the www.BustedCheaters.com website is not hosted in the United States, we respect the intellectual property rights of U.S. copyright holders, and thus have chosen to voluntarily comply with the Notice and Takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA).”
A good percentage of user-generated content platforms will abide by this, making filing a DMCA takedown an effective method to remove unconsented to photographs, videos, and other media. However, it’s important to understand that filing a DMCA takedown notice can be a tricky process, as it’s essential to make sure the claim is not frivolous and accounts for all the requisite elements. So, we strongly recommend consulting an experienced online defamation attorney to assist in the process.
Cease & Desist Letters
Cease and desist letters are a viable alternative to removing online defamation without ever having to go through the courts. Cease and desist letters simply refer to a letter asking a party to stop doing a certain thing, and refrain from doing it in the future.
The problem with cease and desist letters is that you likely will not succeed in having a website or ISP respond to one in a serious manner, as they’re aware of their protection under Section 230 of the CDA, so you’ll likely have to know the identity of the person who posted the material. However, before sending a cease and desist letter, it’s important to know you’re audience. Sending one could ultimately anger them more, and cause them to publicize it, or disseminate the original libelous and false post to bigger audiences.
If you’re unsure of what the best course of legal action is, we strongly recommend consulting an experienced Internet defamation attorney to explore all of your legal options.
Strategic SEO Practices
While employing good SEO practices and tactics won’t ultimately remove the false or libelous post/comment in question, it is an effective way to suppress such results in Google. Utilizing good SEO practices can take time though, so it’s best to weigh your options and determine how pressing it is for you to have the content in question removed.
Common examples of utilizing good SEO practices include, starting a blog, responding to public profiles online, and opening up your social media account to comment openly on content and posts. Should Google and other search engines deem your content is positive and constructive, it may ultimately place your name ahead of the negative or false search results in question. It’s worth noting for SEO practices to have some sort of effect, you’ll generally need to set aside three to six months to combat it.
SEO and strategic marketing is an effective long term way to craft your own online narrative and make sure future results don’t rise to the top!
Libel Removal Fact: It’s important to have a clear understanding of the different types of defamation which exist under U.S. defamation laws. Defamation is an all-encompassing term and may be divided into two core types; libel and slander. Slander refers to a false spoken or oral statement to a third-party, while libel refers to a written or published false statement to a third-party or audience. And, while you might think false statements in YouTube or other online videos is slander due to it being spoken, it’s actually considered libel, as it’s preserved in a tangible medium.
Why Cheater Reporting Websites May Threaten Your Reputation
BustedCheaters and other cheater reporting and exposing websites stand to harm your reputation in more ways than one, due to several systemic failings which are common amongst such platforms. User-generated content platforms had a meteoric rise in the early 2000s, with the likes of platforms such as YouTube, Myspace, and other social media and networking sites. Finally, the average person was able to have their voice heard online, and news was no longer controlled by a centralized entity. While such platforms are at the very heart of our democracy and open discussions, they do have their downfalls.
In this section, we’re going to look at three fundamental features which cheater reporting and exposing websites (and most user-generated content platforms and ISPs) have in common.
1. Anonymous Registration For Users
A good portion of user-generated content platforms which provide reporting services for known cheaters and consumer advocacy often have lackluster registration processes – meaning they barely require a user to sign up with any identifying information. Oftentimes, there isn’t even a requisite that a user provide their email address, and they are generally able to enter their complaint or grievance in an information box.
Some UGCs and ISPs do however require the use of an email address when signing up, however, this can often be circumvented through a throwaway email, making it incredibly difficult to identify a malicious online poster or defamer. So, what do these lackluster registration processes and policies mean for your reputation? For one, users who never have to actually tie their name to their account in any way, are at a higher likelihood of posting libelous and malicious comments. After all, why wouldn’t a malicious online troll or defamer engage in reckless behavior if they know the likelihood of legal repercussions are slim?
As such, anonymous registration and lackluster sign-up policies are a catalyst for online defamation and libel.
2. Unverified & Unregulated Content
Due to user-generated content platforms and websites recognizing their near blanket immunity under Section 230 of the CDA, they often take a hands off approach to verifying and monitoring content. While in an ideal world, we think the policing of ourselves might be the best option, that’s often not the case with UGCs and online defamation. As we noted above, with unverified and anonymous users, comes unverified content. If a user knows their identify likely will never be uncovered, why wouldn’t they stretch the truth a bit, or utilize a UGC bulletin board to further their own malicious agenda?
Top user generated content platforms, such as Facebook and Reddit, have strict content guidelines and policies, and often have reporting tools that users may click on to bring malicious or illegal content to the administrators and their attention. BustedCheaters.com does not have any such tool, nor do most cheater reporting websites.
Beware of social media sites and online bulletin boards which fail to provide adequate measures for reporting and monitoring content, as these are exactly the types of websites and ISPs where online libel and defamation thrives.
3. Strict & Vague Content Removal Policies
An excerpt from BustedCheaters.com’s ‘Arbitration Removal Policy’ page.
Along with user generated content platforms and ISPs refraining from vetting content, comes their reluctance to remove it. After all, they didn’t create or edit it, so why should they remove it? Unfortunately, there’s several cheater reporting website (and scam reporting ones) which revel in the fact that they may at some point receive a cease and desist or request for removal, as they are well aware of their near-immunity under the CDA.
A healthy percentage of cheater reporting , scam, and consumer advocacy websites implement strict content removal policies, which often deter innocent persons and victims from ever imagining the content may be removed. It’s important to understand that the CDA does have several exceptions, which may be employed at certain points to remove content, and in some cases, it’s not unheard of for the website in question to have materially altered or edited the content. In such cases, content may be removed. However, we recommend consulting an experienced online defamation attorney before attempting to remove the material.
In the case of BustedCheaters.com, we have worked with them in the past to secure removals, and they have listed us on their websites as one of the law firms and entities that they are willing to work with to remove offensive and defamatory content.
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: While one might think that U.S. defamation and libel laws have been enforced since the inception of the U.S., modern day libel laws are merely the product of several cases which occurred in the 1960s. Specifically, the 1964 case of New York Times v. Sullivan was the first time a U.S. court recognized the need for U.S. defamation law to differentiate between private and public libel plaintiffs for the purposes of open debate and democracy.
Other Cheater Reporting Websites We’ve Secured Removals From
Maybe you weren’t defamed or falsely accused on BustedCheaters.com. But, maybe you were defamed or attacked elsewhere. In this section, we’re going to take a look at several other cheater reporting websites we’ve secured effective defamation removals from as well. Most cheater reporting websites take a very similar form, so make sure to keep a vigilant eye, and know that time is of the essence when dealing with such websites. When one is taken down, another one often pops up.
Note that when locating and and holding malicious online posters and trolls liable, we’ll employ all available tactics, such as:
- Sending cease and desists
- Contacting Google and other search engines to work with them
- Subpoenaing ISP addresses
- Working with third-party arbitration firms, website administrators, and online content managers
- Securing a court ordered removal (when necessary)
Below are just several other cheater reporting websites we’ve secured effective libel and false post removals from.
Whether you’re posted about on one of the above websites or not, we’re here to fight for your reputation and help secure the effective removal of online defamation. At Minc Law, we boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate, and make sure to leave no stone unturned when confronting libel and false accusations online.
Reputation & Brand Monitoring Tip: If you’re a business or company and have been the victim of online defamation, we recommend establishing a brand and reputation monitoring budget for the future. Doing so will help you combat online defamation before it spreads, and recognize potential intellectual property infringers.
Contact the Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law to Discuss a Guaranteed Removal
If you’ve been the victim of online defamation or false accusations on BustedCheaters.com, contact the online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law today to discuss your guaranteed removal. And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee. At Minc Law, we’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and seamless removals of libelous and false content. What are you waiting for?
Let’s get started with the removal process!
In our tenure as experienced online defamation removal attorneys, we’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of content and websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown and removal rate. When working with the Cleveland-based Internet defamation lawyers of Minc Law, rest assured you’re in good hands.
Here’s what you can expect when working with the lawyers of Minc Law:
- Respect & Courtesy: We emphasize treating all of our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy. After all, your goals are our goals, so rest assured we’re always on your side.
- Open Dialogue & Communication: Some defamation removal attorneys go missing once the takedown process has commenced. Not us. We understand how invasive and overwhelming online defamation can be, so know that we’re here to keep you in the look and informed about your takedown.
- Websites Respond to Minc Law: As noted above, we’ve secured the seamless and effective removal of over 25,000 pieces of libelous and false content from the Internet. We know who to work with and how to work with them. Websites and online content managers respond to Minc Law!