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The Brass Tacks: What is ReportMyEx.com?
After a failed relationship, one fueled by anger, sadness, and resentment, it’s not uncommon for ex-boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, or even one night stands, to lash out in an aggressive and malicious manner. Motivated by betrayal, jealousy, or potentially millions of other feelings, maybe they post about it online, accusing you of things you never did, or maybe it was a methodical and calculated attempt to keep you out of the dating pool forever. Either way, your reputation is in danger, and sites like ReportMyEx.com are a toxic online platform due to their rampant false accusations, malicious attacks, and online defamation. We are no longer in the pre-Internet era, where a disgruntled or jealous spouse’s reach could only extend as far as their immediate circle. The Internet has provided an effective grounds for anyone with a computer or phone to communicate their thoughts and accusations to an audience of thousands, or even millions. All in a matter of seconds. If you’ve found yourself the target of an online attack on ReportMyEx.com, or a similar website, it’s time to act. The longer libelous posts stay online, the more likely the damage to not only your personal and professional life, but your ultimate livelihood. Time is of the essence, and the Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law want to fight for your reputation. Aaron Minc, and his team of highly experienced defamation removal lawyers, know who to contact, and how to secure a swift, and permanent takedown. At Minc Law, we have a nearly 100% success rate when removing online defamation, and all for a flat, reasonable fee. Reach out to us today by calling (216) 373-7706, or schedule a meeting online.
Defamation Removal Tip: Defamation Per Se is a popular legal principle classifying certain false statements as so inherently defamatory and malicious, that the plaintiff need not prove actual damages. Although not all states recognize defamation per se, there are four general categories that typically support a formidable action: (1) a false statement accusing someone of engaging in criminal activity or committing a crime of moral turpitude, (2) a false statement alleging someone’s conduct was unbefitting of that pertinent to their business, trade, or profession, (3) a false statement implying a plaintiff possesses a loathsome or foul disease, most usually a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or leprosy, and (4) a false statement imputing egregious and serious sexual misconduct.
Four Core Problems with ReportMyEx.com & Its Removal Policy
With the inception of the Web 2.0, occuring in the late 90s and early 2000s, came user-generated content platforms and end-user interoperability. At its simplest, user-generated platforms exist, and thrive, off of content created and provided by its users. Common user-generated platforms include:
- Social media websites,
- Video sharing sites
- Cheater-reporting and scam-exposing websites, including ReportMyEx.com.
ReportMyEx.com provides users with a platform to post information about their past lovers, spouses, and flings, a heated topic that should probably be kept off of the World Wide Web for all to see. ReportMyEx.com’s core content centers upon accusations of unfaithfulness, cheating, abuse, theft, and other illegal behavior (even the transmission of sexually transmitted disease). A site dealing in such private and damaging matters should take serious precautions to ensure the site and users aren’t abused and used to broadcast lies and malicious attacks. However, that’s exactly where ReportMyEx.com goes wrong. They have no proper verification or regulatory safeguards in place to ensure innocent parties are protected, and fail to provide a practical means of removal should something offensive and false be posted.
Online Defamation Removal Tip Before bringing a claim for online defamation and libel, it’s first important to acquaint yourself with the four main defenses to defamation claims. Four commonly used defenses include: (1) truth, if the statement made was accurate, then by its definition, it’s not defamatory, (2) opinion, if the statement is not provable as false with objective evidence, then it’s likely not defamatory or actionable (3) consent, if you’ve consented to the dissemination of the statement, then the defendant enjoys a complete defense, (4) privilege, certain types of communications are protected and immune from defamation claims.
4 Key Problems with ReportMyEx.com
- Unverified Users: ReportMyEx.com has minimal sign-up and verification procedures. Anyone can anonymously sign-up on ReportMyEx and post malicious attacks and accusations about former spouses. Their sign-up page requires an email address, and a username, and even assures posters they can remain fully anonymous when posting. Most user-generated content platforms have evolved into toxic platforms for hate-speech and online defamation due to their unrestricted sign-up procedures, and the ever-growing tech savvy nature of online commenters. Anonymous registration, requiring no more than an email address, can be easily circumvented by Internet trolls through the use of a throwaway or fake email address. Additionally, anonymous users recognize the tedious and frustrating hoops injured parties are required to jump through in order to expose their identity, and thus feel a sense of invincibility, leading to more offensive, malicious, and false content. After all, how can you verify the information being asserted as truth, when you can’t even verify the user posting it?
- Encouragement to post malicious material: Most user-generated platforms were created with noble, or innocent intentions, striving to provide transparency and open channels of communication for injured parties. However, ReportMyEx has long departed from that vision, and even encourages posters to “get revenge” by embellishing stories, and posting factually inaccurate information. ReportMyEx isn’t a platform for transparency or constructive discussions, it’s a platform with one goal in mind; to embarrass and humiliate a past spouse. Additionally, revenge porn is commonly posted on cheater reporting websites due to the intimate nature of the relationship. At Minc Law, we know how to remove revenge porn, and boast countless online revenge porn removals.
- Automatically posts content to other popular reporting sites: When filling out the “report my ex” form, users are prompted whether they would like the report re-posted on several other malicious and toxic cheater reporting platforms, including: BadBizReport.is, CheaterDirectory.com, WallofJohns.com, IhateCheaters.com, and BlacklistReport.com. Not only does ReportMyEx want to broadcast false information on their site, they want it ranking high in online search results, and spread across as many toxic channels as possible.
- Vague and inadequate removal policy: Most victims of online defamation are even unaware a malicious post or review about them even exists. For the few injured parties that are made aware of such defamation, ReportMyEx.com makes it extremely difficult for them to remove any offensive content. ReportMyEx.com, and other user-generated content platforms, enjoy extensive and near-blanket immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a landmark piece of Internet legislation. ReportMyEx recognizes that as it is not the actual author of the content, just a mere neutral, third-party platform, they have no obligation to remove posts. ReportMyEx states they are neither “judge, nor jury” and will not remove posts due to “heightened censorship in other countries” and the potential denial of free of speech. Due to such an inadequate removal policy, cyberbullying runs rampant and will continue to do so.
Although ReportMyEx.com has several serious issues making it a dangerous threat to your reputation and livelihood, it’s not insurmountable. Working with an online libel, and defamation attorney will increase your chances of securing a permanent removal. And, at the online defamation removal law firm of Minc Law, we have a nearly 100% removal rate. Reaching out to ReportMyEx, and other toxic online platforms, can be overwhelming, tedious, and stressful, so don’t do it alone. Attorney Aaron Minc and his team of Cleveland-based online defamation removal lawyers want to fight for your reputation. To schedule a free, initial, no-obligation consultation, call us at (216) 373-7706, or schedule a meeting online.
Ohio Defamation Law Tip: At the federal level, there are no criminal defamation or insult laws. However, as of February, 2018, twenty-four states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have criminal defamation provisions in their laws. To see whether your state has criminal defamation laws in their books, you can check out this comprehensive chart, including penalties and required conduct, here. Currently, Ohio is not a state with any drafted criminal defamation laws.
Online Libel & My Reputation
Online defamation and libel on ReportMyEx.com stands to not only affect your personal life, but your professional one. Below is a list of just some of the potential consequences and damaging effects online defamation and false posts can have on your reputation and life.
|Personal Life||Professional Life|
|Insomnia, paranoia, stress, and various physical illnesses||Loss of current or future job opportunity, including wrongful denial of future job applications|
|Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression||Loss of existing customer base, and future customers|
|Damage to family relationships and ostracization||Unwanted media attention and scrutiny|
|Ridicule and other humiliation by members of the community, resulting in exclusion||Decreasing bottom-line and having to cease operations|
Online Defamation Law Fact: Due to the breadth of the English language, courts have generally held that sobriquets, rhetorical hyperbole, and figurative language do not constitute actionable grounds for a defamation claim.
Can I Remove Malicious Content From ReportMyEx.com?
Most injured parties are unaware of who they can, and can’t, hold liable for false and libelous online posts. At first thought, one probably thinks holding the website where the material is posted is the most effective method of takedown. However, the reality is holding a user-generated content platform liable for online defamation is incredibly difficult, and can only happen in several particular instances. User-generated content platforms enjoy near-blanket immunity under a popular piece of Internet legislation, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). Section 230 of the CDA provides: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” Simply put, user-generated content platforms are similar to telephone companies, as they merely provide the platform for independent users to create their own content. Just as telephone companies aren’t liable for threats or harassment by callers, user-generated content platforms aren’t liable for the threats and online defamation posted by its users, unless a narrow exception applies.
So, who can you actually hold liable for online defamation?
The poster. Being defamed and cyberbullied online is stressful, therefore it’s important you reach out to an experienced reputation repair and defamation removal lawyer to help expedite the identification process in order to hold the poster accountable. At Minc Law, we know how to work with content managers, site administrators, and third-party arbitration services to effectively identify posters and secure the removal of offensive content.
Online Defamation Removal Fact: As defamation actions fall under personal injury claims, they are subject to the statute of limitations. Most states apply a one year limitation when bringing slander actions (spoken defamation), and a two-to-three year limitation for libel claims (written and published defamation). If you are curious whether your claim is still valid, it’s recommended you familiarize yourself with your state’s statute of limitation guidelines.
Stop the Abuse Today by Working with the Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law!
If you’ve been the target of online attacks, defamation, or cyberbullying, know that the abuse and damage to your life and reputation doesn’t have to continue indefinitely. As experienced Internet defamation lawyers, we, at Minc Law know the damage false and unfounded online accusations can have a person’s social, family, and professional life. Sites like ReportMyEx.com need to be confronted, and we know how to work with them to secure a swift and permanent removal. At Minc Law, we have a nearly 100% removal rate, and all for a flat, reasonable fee. To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation, call us at (216) 373-7706, or schedule a meeting online today.
The defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law want to fight for your reputation.
Reputation Lawyer Tip: If you’ve found your name and reputation maliciously libeled online, sending a cease and desist letter is an effective and cheap alternative to litigation for removing the content. Sending a cease and desist lets the offending party know that you’re serious about taking action, and could potentially save time and money. Keep in mind that cease and desists don’t always work, so it’s best to consult an experienced reputation repair lawyer about the most effective options.