In this comprehensive blog post, we’re going to take you through how to remove yourself and malicious, false accusations from ReportCheater.com, why it poses a serious threat to not only your personal reputation, but your professional one as well, and whether or not cheater website listings and allegations are legal.
- At Minc Law, we can guarantee removal of defamatory and false posts/attacks from ReportCheater.com. All you need to do is reach out to us today for your free, initial no-obligation consultation. Let’s get started with your removal ASAP! To check out the other websites and online bulletin boards where we offer guaranteed defamation removals from, head on over to our ‘Services Page’ to see the list.
- Online defamation and libel on ReportCheater.com stands to affect your reputation in countless ways, and may have severe consequences in your personal and professional life. We recommend always staying proactive towards monitoring your online reputation by setting up Google Alerts. Simply enter your name and any keywords you’d like to be notified about, and receive notifications anytime they are mentioned online.
- False accusations and online defamation generally occur on websites and bulletin boards which boast the following characteristics; (1) Weak and non-existant registration procedures, (2) Lack of basic content vetting and verification procedures, and (3) Strict content removal policies.
Online Defamation Law Tip: Understand the jurisdiction in which you are bringing a defamation lawsuit in, as procedures and other formalities will likely differ by state. For example, some states will boast a longer statute of limitations timeframe for bringing a libel or slander claim, while others may have a much shorter one. It’s important to reach out to an experienced defamation lawyer to fully understand and comply with the requisite legal requirements.
If you’ve been the victim of false and libelous posts on ReportCheater.com and want it removed completely, reach out to the online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law ASAP! At Minc Law, we can guarantee the removal of defamatory and false posts/comments from ReportCheater.com, all you have to do is contact us!
And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee! We also offer guaranteed removals for a variety of other online forums, bulletin boards, and websites, which can be found over at our ‘Content Removal’ page.
At Minc Law, we have proven success in the online defamation removal arena, and have results to show it. In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation removal attorneys, we’ve secured the takedown of over 25,000 pieces of content and websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% defamation removal rate. Rest assured you’re in good hands when working with the Cleveland-based defamation lawyers of Minc Law!
It’s time to put an end to the online abuse once and for all!
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The Facts: What is ReportCheater.com?
ReportCheater.com is an extremely popular cheater reporting and infidelity shaming website and forum, where persons ‘Submit Cheater Reports’ to expose past boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, and significant others. While ReportCheater.com may have started with an honest and noble cause in mind – to ultimately protect persons from unfaithful partners and spouses – it has quickly morphed into an online defamation hotzone, whereby users sling mud and false accusations at one another daily.
And, ReportCheater is an entirely anonymous website, meaning, if you’ve been defamed or falsely accused on there, you’re likely facing an uphill battle when it comes to legal repercussion and recovery.
When landing on ReportCheater.com’s homepage, users are confronted with various ‘cheater reports’, which also include images of the alleged cheater and unfaithful spouse. Each report also includes a tag of the accused person’s state and location. Users are also prompted to ‘Report Cheater Now’, where they input a title, post their comments, choose a category, and upload a featured (and additional) image.
Furthermore, ReportCheater.com is a highly trafficked cheater listing and reporting website, boasting an average of 1,200 visitors per month (as of March, 2019) and over 12,000 backlinks (domains which link to ReportCheater). Looking at their analytics in SEMRush, a popular search engine marketing analytics tool, they also rank on the very first page for several names.
Think about it, if a defamatory or false online posting is one of the first things that shows up in Google’s search results for your name, it’s time to get it removed (and as soon as possible). Make sure to reach out to an experienced online defamation lawyer to discuss your guaranteed removal today!
Online Libel Law Tip: Creating a Google Alerts account is an effective way to be proactive about your online reputation. Simply sign up, enter your name and any keywords you’d like to keep an eye on, and receive notifications as soon as your name and those keywords are posted on the Internet. Remember, online defamation and libel is like a wildfire, so it’s important to combat it before it has time to sit and spread.
Guaranteed Removal From ReportCheater.com
At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of United States defamation and libel law, and are able to guarantee the removal of libelous and false content from ReportCheater.com. All you have to do is reach out to us to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation. In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation attorneys, we’ve utilized a wide array of legal tactics to effectively and permanently remove libelous and false online posts and accusations. And, we have proven results, having removed over 25,000 pieces of false and defamatory content and websites.
We also know who to work with and how to work with them in order to secure quick and seamless online defamation removals. We’ve worked tirelessly with website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure results. We also make sure to do everything in a cost effective manner, so you (the client) don’t have to break the bank by paying unreasonable expenses.
You can head on over to ‘Our Services’ corner to check out a list of websites we guarantee defamation removals from (ReportCheater.com included). So, if you’ve been maliciously attacked or falsely accused/written about online, we recommend reaching out as soon as possible. Additionally, for websites which aren’t listed on ‘Our Services’ page, we support a nearly 100% online defamation removal and takedown rate, with high success rates securing search engine de-indexing and court ordered removals.
It’s time to take a step in the right direction and take back your online reputation and narrative. What are you waiting for? Reach out today by calling us at (216) 373-7706, or by scheduling a meeting online. Let’s get started now!
Finally, if you’re curious about some free and alternative methods to remove online libel and malicious content (along with suppressing it in search results), know there’s plenty of options. Let’s take a look at just several free ways to remove and suppress defamatory online content.
- Employing Constructive & Positive Search Engine Optimization Tactics: Google and search engines (ex. Yahoo! And Bing) recognize constructive and positive content, meaning they make sure it enjoys increased visibility and ranking position in their search results. If you’re looking to establish a long-term game plan to protect your online reputation and ensure negative content never rises to the top, we recommend considering a search engine optimization gameplan. Some simple ways to SEO your name and reputation include; setting up a blog and making sure to update it frequently, commenting openly on popular social media websites and other blogs, and linking between all of your respective online accounts.
- Sending a Cease & Desist: If you want to get your message across to a party that you want specific content removed, sending a cease and desist is an option. However, you should approach doing so with caution, and make sure to weigh the pros and cons of sending one before actually doing so. A lot of user-generated content platforms have explicit policies against acknowledging them, and will even post it to their website once received. If you’re unsure about sending a cease and desist letter, we recommend reaching out to an experienced online defamation removal lawyer.
- DMCA Takedown Notice: ReportCheater.com is rife with photographs, meaning the option to send a DMCA takedown notice is likely available. Most malicious online users and trolls post pictures of persons which they do not actually possess the copyright to. Simply put, if you took the picture and posted it online, you are likely the retainer of the copyright, so anyone else posting it without your authorization has potentially infringed upon your intellectual property right. Sending a DMCA can be a highly nuanced and complicated process, so we also recommend consulting an experienced Internet defamation attorney.
Ohio Defamation Law Fact: The statute of limitations for bringing a defamation claim in Ohio is one year. Defamation plaintiffs must bring their claim within one year after the cause of action accrued, meaning they must commence their lawsuit once the injury (the defamation) is first discovered. This can however be a tricky matter, as Ohio courts have historically followed the ‘Single Publication Rule,’ which does differ from the cause of action accrual view.
Why Cheater Websites & Listings Are Legal
You’re likely wondering whether cheater websites and listings are legal. And, if so, how come they are allowed to operate. Simply put, cheater websites and listing forums are legal, and granted near-blanket immunity under a landmark piece of legislation called the Communications Decency Act. In this section, we’re going to take a look at the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and the governing provisions which protect cheater reporting and shaming websites and forums.
Section 230 of the CDA is the governing language bestowing what has commonly been referred to as ‘blanket-immunity’ upon Internet service providers and user-generated content platforms. Section 230 of this 1996 law 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.”
And, as cheater reporting and shaming websites are not the ones curating or creating the content posted – oftentimes anonymous users are – they are protected under this piece of legislation. When analyzing whether such ISPs and user-generated content platforms should enjoy immunity under Section 230 of the CDA, courts will generally apply a three-part test, which the defendant (ISP or website) must entirely satisfy for immunity.
- The defendant website or ISP must be the “provider or user” of an interactive computer service (ex. User-generated content platform),
- The plaintiff must treat the defendant website or ISP as the “publisher or speaker” of the offensive and defamatory information at issue, and
- The information at issue must have actually been provided by another information content provider (ex. Third-party users).
At its simplest, just as telephone companies are not held liable for the criminal acts discussed across their lines, user-generated content platforms and ISPs are not liable for the defamatory comments and posts on their website. There are however certain exceptions, such as in intellectual property cases, revenge porn, and where the platform in question actually curates or materially alters the content.
And, if you’re wondering why cheater reporting and infidelity shaming websites have become such a hotbed for online defamation and libel, it’s because of their reliance on and protection under Section 230 of the CDA. After all, if they have no legal duty to be monitoring and vetting content, then why would they go out of their way to implement proper safeguards and content screening procedures? They wouldn’t and they don’t.
Libel Removal Tip: When confronting online libel and false posts/accusations, we strongly recommend screenshotting and documenting all offensive and question content. It’s extremely important to have well-preserved and documented evidence. Doing so will ultimately strengthen your libel and defamation claim, and help refute potential claims from the opposing party about evidence tampering. We also recommend having a trusted family member or friend help with the process to ensure there are sufficient copies.
How False Accusations on Cheater Websites Threaten Your Reputation
As we noted above, with almost zero accountability for websites and ISPs under Section 230 of the CDA, they’ve evolved into libel and defamation hotzones. As such, user-generated content platforms, cheater reporting and shaming sites, and scam reporting bulletin boards, often take a similar form; boasting three distinct characteristics.
In this section, we’re going to walk you through three of the respective characteristics which almost all scam and cheater reporting websites support, along with how false accusations on cheater websites and listings pose a serious threat to your personal and professional reputation.
Anonymous Registration & Sign-Up Procedures
First and foremost, most hotbeds for online defamation allow for anonymous registration, and have extremely lax sign-up procedures for users. In fact, a good percentage of online cheater shaming and scam reporting websites don’t even require an email address, and enable users to post a message without ever having to complete registration at all. Doing so opens up the doors for a highly toxic and defamatory environment.
After all, why wouldn’t an anonymous user engage in libel and post false accusations if they know the chances of ever being identified are extremely slim? Websites such a Facebook and Reddit (also user-generated content platforms) employ a more rigorous sign-up process, tying personally identifiable information to your account and page, so they generally tend to be less popular forums for libel and malicious accusations.
Furthermore, some user-generated content platforms only require an email address to sign-up, a process which can be easily circumvented with a “throwaway email address.” Be wary of online websites and forums which fail to exercise such comprehensive procedures, as they likely are at the epicenter of online defamation.
Lack of Proper Content Vetting Procedures
As most user-generated content platforms are protected under Section 230 of the CDA, they aren’t under any obligation to vet or verify content which is posted. On top of anonymous registration for online trolls and malicious posters, this further heightens the chances of defamatory content and posts being written. Unless an ISP or UGC platform engages in the manipulation of the content (curates, edits, or otherwise materially alters it), then they likely will have no obligation to properly verify the veracity of what is being posted.
For example, ReportCheater.com’s ‘FAQ’ affirms their protection under Section 230 of the CDA, noting, “No, ReportCheater.com may not be held liable for such posts pursuant to the Communications Decency Act. Under the particular circumstances of the following cases, the courts in the United States have consistent held that, where allegedly libelous statements are made available by third parties through Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or are posted by third parties on the server’s billboards, the ISPs are immune from liable for defamation as they are within the scope of 47 U.C.C.A Section 230)…”
Strict Content Removal Policies
Finally, most user-generated content platforms at the heart of online libel and defamation boast extremely rigid content removal policies. As noted above, most boast a disclaimer and affirmation on their website, acknowledging their protection under Section 230 of the CDA.
Some websites even revel in the possible thought of litigation and removal attempts, boasting that they will shame persons and attorneys who submit cease and desists and other takedown letters. It’s extremely important to be mindful of the website’s removal policy, as it could further exacerbate the issue further and lead to an even greater dissemination of defamatory and libelous online content.
There are however several exceptions to the CDA, which may be explored as alternative ways to removal content. For example, intellectual property infringement claims, criminal law violations, revenge porn and child pornography, promissory estoppel, and incitement of posting illegal material are not covered under Section 230 of the CDA. Furthermore, when an ISP or UGC platform curates or materially alters the content posted by third-parties, they may be held to have taken a more direct role in the content’s creation, and subsequently held liable for it.
It’s important to reach out to an experienced online defamation attorney to see if any of the above exceptions apply to your case.
Brand Reputation & Monitoring Tip: If you’re a business or company with an online presence, it’s extremely important to establish an online brand reputation and monitoring budget. Doing so is not only a great way to combat intellectual property infringers, but it’s also a proactive way to gauge the general public’s perception of your product or service. As you’ve learned by now, proactivity trumps reactivity in the world of United States defamation and online libel.
Work With the Online Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law Today!
If you’ve been the victim of false attacks and online defamation on ReportCheater.com, or any other cheater shaming or scam reporting website, contact the defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law immediately! At Minc Law, we can guarantee the removal of false and libelous content from ReportCheater.com, and countless other online generated content platforms and bulletin boards – just head on over to our ‘Services Page’ to see the websites we offer guaranteed removals for.
And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
Rest assured when working with the nationally recognized lawyers of Minc Law that you’re in good hands. Here’s what you can expect when working with us.
- Open Dialogue & Communication: Some defamation removal attorneys and third-party firms go missing once they’ve commenced the defamation removal process. Not us. We understand how important it is to be kept in the loop, so rest assured we’re here to bring you the latest updates and details surrounding your removal and case.
- Respect & Courtesy: At Minc Law, we make sure to treat all of our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy. We understand just how invasive and stressful online defamation and false accusations can be, so know that we’re here to make this process as smooth as possible. Know that we’re always on your side.
- Websites & Businesses Respond to Us: In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation removal attorneys, we’ve secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of online content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and support a nearly 100% online takedown and removal rate. We know who to work with and how to work with them. Websites and businesses respond to Minc Law.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your online narrative and reputation by putting an end to the abuse today!