In this comprehensive blog post, we’re going to walk you through how to remove yourself and libelous posts from InternetCheaters.com, why it poses a serious threat to both your personal and professional reputation, who you can hold liable for false and defamatory online posts, and several methods to remove and suppress false online search results and posts.
- The Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law can guarantee the removal of online defamation and other false posts from InternetCheaters.com, just simply contact us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation. And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee. Curious about the other online platforms and websites we provide guaranteed removals for? Head on over to our Guaranteed Removals page to check out the complete list.
- Simply put, cheater reporting websites and InternetCheaters.com are both legal. That’s not to say they aren’t highly controversial. However, they are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – a landmark piece of Internet legislation that immunize websites and ISPs who host third-party platforms and do not create/curate the content posted.
Online Libel Removal Tip: When confronting defamation, it’s important to understand the differences between the two core types; libel and slander. Slander refers to false spoken statement of fact which subsequently causes harm or injury to another person’s reputation, while libel refers to a false written or published (ex. Videos, photographs, other media) statement of fact. If you’re having trouble remembering which is which, try and remember that the term ‘libel’ comes from the Latin word ‘libellus’, meaning “small book.”
Have you been malicious attacked or defamed on InternetCheaters.com? Reach out to the online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today to discuss your guaranteed removal. That’s right, guaranteed! In our tenure as experienced Internet defamation attorneys, we’ve built up an arsenal of tactics and contacts to guarantee defamation removals from specific online websites and platforms.
You can find the list of all the websites we offer guaranteed libel and defamation removals for over at our Guaranteed Removals page.
Rest assured when working with the lawyers of Minc Law that you’re in good hands. We know who to work with and how to work with them in order to secure swift and seamless removals. Furthermore, we’ve secured the effective removal of over 25,000 pieces of content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and support a near 100% online libel removal takedown percentage.
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The online abuse stops now!
The Facts: What is InternetCheaters.com?
InternetCheaters.com is a popular cheater shaming and exposing website, where users are able to post write-ups and reports about past lovers, exes, spouses, and other unfaithful persons. Specifically, InternetCheaters.com is broken down into several core categories, including; cheaters, services, abusive people, fraud, doctors, car dealers, e-commerce, movers, hotels, hospitals, banks, insurance, finance, tax consultants, and more. InternetCheaters is not solely for reporting cheaters, but also provides a platform for users to expose any party or entity that has ever wronged them.
And, while this may seem like an honorable message and platform, it has unfortunately become a hotbed for baseless online accusations and libel. Due to a lack of proper registration and content vetting safeguards, InternetCheaters.com (and a good percentage of user-generated content platforms) has become a go-to website for users looking to push malicious agendas and defame innocent persons.
Furthermore, InternetCheaters.com and other user-generated content platforms (UGCs) enjoy near-blanket immunity under a landmark piece of legislation – Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act– which further makes the removal of content even harder and avails website to a higher likelihood of defamatory speech and attacks.
Upon landing on the InternetCheaters.com website, users are prompted to “Report Fraudsters & Cheaters,” where they can then enter a report title, write-up of the incident, include a photograph, designate a category, and provide other personal details about a person or business.
InternetCheaters.com isn’t a small operation either, as it boasts over 500 users per month and over 59,000 backlinks (links on other websites). According to SEMRush, a marketing analytics and keyword research tool/platform, it also happens to appear on the first page of Google search results for numerous names and entities. Imagine malicious and false accusations showing on the first page of Google after searching for your name…
Let’s put an end to the online abuse together. In the following section, we’re going to take you through how to secure a guaranteed removal of negative and defamatory content from InternetCheaters.com!
Defamation Law Fact: The protection of peers and public officials has long been protected by libel laws across the world. In the days of early English law, the term ‘scandalum magnatum’ was a Latin word used to describe the derogation of peers, judges, and state officials. This form of defamation was considered far more severe than average defamation, as it involved the attack on “powerful people.” Such concept has been obsolete for quite some time now, however; we seem remnants of such protections under the differing burdens of proof established for defamation plaintiffs in the U.S. (ordinary negligence for private plaintiffs; actual malice for public plaintiffs).
Guaranteed Removal of Negative & Defamatory Content From InternetCheaters
If you’re seeking the removal of damaging, negative, and defamatory content from InternetCheaters.com, look no further. At Minc Law, we offer guaranteed removals of online defamation and negative posts made on InternetCheaters.com, and do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
You can find the complete list of websites and bulletin boards we provide guaranteed defamation removals from over out at our ‘Guaranteed Removals’ page.
While online defamation victims have had little to no recourse for malicious and false online attacks over the years, this is no longer the case. We, at Minc Law, have built up an arsenal of legal tactics to completely remove online defamation and unwanted content from the Internet and other online platforms.
Not only do we help facilitate the seamless and swift removal of negative and unwanted online content, we do it all in an effective and efficient manner. A primary goal for us is to provide assistance for innocent defamation victims, without having to incur unreasonable or unnecessary legal expenses.
Specifically, we help defamation victims:
- Remove embarrassing photographs, videos, and other media from online platforms and social media websites (including mugshot websites),
- Eliminate malicious and false information from cheater shaming and infidelity websites (including InternetCheaters.com),
- Get rid of damaging, negative, and false posts on blogs, message boards, bulletin boards, and comment sections,
- Remove malicious and defamatory gossip and smear campaigns from popular gossip websites,
- Take down fake profiles created on social networking and professional websites,
- Remove illegal content from search engine indices, and
- Remove or suppress highly personal information from public online databases and compilations.
Each online defamation takedown is different, and there’s no “one size fits all” solution to removing content, so it’s extremely important you reach out to an experienced defamation attorney before commencing with the removal process.
Let’s get started and put this online defamation fire out before it has time to spread and cause catastrophic damage to your personal and professional life.
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: At the federal level in the United States, there are no criminal defamation or insult statutes. However, as of 2019, 23 states and 2 territories do have some form of criminal defamation/libel laws in their books. Of those 23 states and 2 territories, 7 of those states have criminal defamation laws regarding defamation of the deceased. Do note that criminal libel and defamation is rarely prosecuted in the United States.
How to Prevent Online Defamation
Online defamation and libel doesn’t discriminate. It can affect persons of all creeds, cultures, races, and backgrounds. Unfortunately, online libel and false attacks have become a growing occurrence over the years due to the rise of the Internet and user-generated content platforms and ISPs. And, while there’s likely no doing away with online defamation and libel completely, there are ways to combat it and make sure you are protected.
In this section, we’re going to walk you through several ways you can prevent online defamation and other false online attacks.
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and should you become a victim of false online attacks and online defamation, we recommend reaching out to an experienced Internet defamation removal attorney as soon as possible.
Create a Free Google Alerts Account
Signing up for Google Alerts is a free and straightforward way to combat and identify online defamation (sometimes before it begins). Google Alerts is a content detection and notification mechanism, whereby users receive emails anytime new search results appear with their name or targeted keywords.
Google Alerts could be a great way to follow posters and users who consistently write about you or your business on their Internet. You can use it to monitor changing sentiment, and receive alerts immediately after a post about you goes live. Proactivity trumps reactivity when combating online defamation. Which one are you going to choose?
Not only can you target users by language and region, Google Alerts enables users to narrow down their search preferences by medium (ex. Whether you only want to crawl blogs, videos, or social media posts).
If you’re looking for several other notification tools and platforms which are effective in identifying online reputation and monitoring your brand/person, look no further than; TalkWalker and Mention.
Learn to Analyze the Statements in Question
Oftentimes, online users fail to understand the core elements of defamation before seeking to bring a claim. Not everything online is considered libelous or defamatory. First, there’s several core elements a publication needs to meet in order for it to be considered libelous or defamatory. Second, there’s countless defenses the accused may rely on in order to skirt defamation liability.
First, let’s take a look at the core elements needed for an actionable defamation claim:
- A false statement of fact that was “of and concerning” the plaintiff,
- There was an unprivileged communication of the statement to a third-party,
- The publisher/communicator acted with at least negligence when publishing the statement,
- The statement in question resulted in damages.
In certain cases, where a statement is of and concerning a particular topic, the defamation plaintiff may not be required to prove damages. Such legal doctrine is referred to as “defamation per se.”
Now, let’s turn to several of the most common defenses relied on by defamation defendants.
- Truth: While the truth may sometimes hurt, that does not give rise to an actionable defamation claim. After all, the definition of defamation requires there be an assertion of a “false” statement of fact.
- Opinion: If a statement cannot be independently verifiable as fact or fiction, then there’s a good chance that you are looking at a potential opinion defense. And, under defamation laws, opinion is not actionable, unless there is a mixing of opinion and defamation within a statement. Then, courts may look to whether the totality of the statement is defamatory.
- Privilege: Certain statements are protected by statute and law. For example, oftentimes, certain statements made in the course of judicial proceedings, legislative hearings, and other administrative proceedings may be protected, due to a greater interest in furthering policy and law.
- Consent: Simply put, if you consent to a defamatory publication or writing being published, you can’t later go back and sue that person.
Finally, let’s take a look at our last tip for combating and protecting against online defamation.
Set Your Social Media Profiles to Private
The emergence of social media in the early 2000s has lead to unprecedented levels of online defamation and false online accusations. Now, nearly everyone in the world is connected, making the spread of information and false allegations extremely dangerous.
As we noted above in our ‘What is InternetCheaters.com’ section, InternetCheaters enables users to post photographs and other personal information about users. One way to help prevent online defamation is to shield potential attackers from personal and highly confidential details. In order to do so, we recommend changing certain social media settings to private. Not only can it help prevent having highly sensitive information about you stolen and posted, it can also help prevent against potential copyright claims (something that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with defamation claims).
We also recommend thoroughly vetting new “friends” who try and add you on social media sites. Look out for accounts which barely have any friends, posts, or photographs, and refrain from sending highly personal information to them.
Defamation Law Fact: Most states (except Arizona, Tennessee, and Missouri) recognize certain types of statements to be so inherently defamatory and inflammatory, that a defamation plaintiff need not prove “damages” – a common element in defamation claims. There’s typically four types of statements which are classified as ‘per se’ in the United States; (1) Statements imputing a loathsome disease on a person (historically this has held to be STDs and leprosy), (2) Statements imputing unchastity on an unmarried person (and sometimes only on women), (3) Statements charging a person with having committed a serious crime, and (4) Statements which tend to injure a person in their profession, trade, or business.
Online defamation and libel is no joke, and stands to severely affect both your personal and professional reputation. If you’ve been the victim of false online accusations and other malicious attacks, we strongly recommend reaching out to an experienced Internet defamation attorney to explore your legal (and removal) options.
Are False Posts & Content on Cheater Reporting Websites Legal?
Simply put, yes.
Cheater reporting and infidelity exposing websites are legal in the United States, and protected under a landmark piece of Internet legislation, known as the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) protects websites and ISPs who provide platforms for user-generated content and creation.
The CDA has become a controversial piece of legislation due to the near-blanket immunity it provides to websites and ISPs, with some arguing it allows websites and ISPs to completely look the other way to anything posted on their site. The core reasoning behind the implementation of the CDA was to further the Internet’s growth.
Let’s take a look at the language of Section 230, and see exactly how websites are protected under this law. Specifically, Section 230 of the CDA reads:
“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.”
This is similar to how telephone companies are not liable for the malicious and illegal acts discussed upon their telephone lines. When analyzing immunity under Section 230, courts will generally opt to apply the following three-prong test – whereby all three prongs must be satisfied for ISP immunity.
- The defendant ISP or website must be in fact a “provider or user” of an interactive computer service (ex. User-generated content platform),
- The cause of action asserted by the plaintiff must treat the ISP or website as the actual publisher or “speaker” of the contentious information posted,
- The contentious information in question must have been posted by a third-party provider and not by the ISP or website.
Do understand that while Section 230 does grant “near-blanket immunity,” there are several exceptions, including federal criminal liability and copyright/intellectual property claims. Furthermore, Section 230 does not apply to websites or ISPs who “knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking.”
United States Defamation Law Fact: American writers, journalists, and publishers are protected against foreign libel and defamation judgments which are not in line with First Amendment protections. Specifically, they are protected under the SPEECH Act, which was signed into law by former president Barack Obama. The SPEECH Act helps protect against the common practice of “libel tourism,” whereby defamation plaintiffs “forum shop” to find the most favorable defamation jurisdiction for their claim.
Work With the Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law Today!
If you’ve been defamed or falsely accused on InternetCheaters.com and want to secure a guaranteed removal today, reach out to the Internet defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law ASAP! That’s right! We can guarantee the removal of false and libelous posts and content from InternetCheaters.com, all you need to do is contact us. We provide guaranteed defamation removals for certain websites, which you can find a complete list of over at our ‘Services’ page.
Let’s get started before it’s too late!
In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation lawyers, we’ve effectively secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of online content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a near 100% online defamation removal percentage. Furthermore, we conduct certain removals all for a flat, reasonable fee!
Curious what you can expect when working with the Ohio-based defamation attorneys of Minc Law?
- Respect & Courtesy: Online defamation and malicious attacks can be extremely invasive and overwhelming. We’re here to make the removal process as smooth as possible. After all, you’re goals are our goals. Know that we always treat our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy.
- Open Dialogue & Communication: Some internet defamation attorneys go missing once the online defamation removal process has begun. Not us. At Minc Law, we pride ourselves on keeping you informed and updated with all relevant details surrounding your case and removal.
- Websites Respond to Us: As we mentioned above, we know the ins and outs of United States defamation law. And, we have the result to prove it. We’ve worked tirelessly with numerous website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and seamless removals. Websites and businesses respond to Minc Law.
Online defamation is like a wildfire, so it’s extremely important to be proactive about its removal. The longer you let it sit and spread, the more damage it’s going to do to your personal and professional reputation.