In this blog post, we’re going to walk you through how to remove posts and libelous content from LiarsandCheaters.com, why cheater reporting websites pose a serious threat to your reputation, and some common consequences associated with online defamation.
- To remove posts and defamatory content from LiarsandCheaters.com, reach out to an experienced defamation removal attorney. LiarsandCheaters.com has a strict removal policy, so it’s important to read carefully.
- You can also remove posts and defamation from LiarsandCheaters.com by seeking a court ordered removal (however, we recommend contacting an experienced internet defamation attorney), suppressing its contents and accusations in Internet search results through basic SEO and content creation, and if there are photographs that infringe upon your copyright.
- Cheater websites are actually legal. Although they are often a hotbed for online defamation and malicious, false attacks, they enjoy near-blanket immunity from prosecution under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Defamation Law Fact: When confronting defamation, it’s extremely important you identify the form in which the defamation was conveyed, as it stands to significantly impact your legal remedies and rights. For example, libel (written and published defamation) may have a more relaxed statute of limitations for bringing a claim, while slander (spoken defamation) may require users to bring their defamation action within a shorter and stricter timeframe (due to its fleeting evidence).
If you’ve been the victim of defamatory and libelous posts/comments on LiarsandCheaters.com, or other cheater reporting websites and platforms, reach out to the online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law now!
At Minc Law, we know United States defamation law, and have secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of online content in our tenure. Furthermore, we boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown and removal rate. And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
For those who have not only been the victim of online defamation on a cheater reporting website, but revenge porn (nonconsensual pornography), we also handle that too, and have secured the swift and permanent removal of numerous revenge porn pictures. Rest assured when working with the Cleveland-based defamation lawyers of Minc Law, you’re in good hands.
We’re here to fight for your reputation.
The Facts: What is LiarsandCheaters.com?
LiarsandCheaters.com is a popular online website for persons to report cheating boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, husbands, and wives. Specifically, users are prompted with a call-to-action to broadcast a “cheater” or “homewrecker’s” first, middle, or last name, along with their city, state, and country.
And that’s not all, categories which persons can be posted about, include everything from cheating, to escort abusers, to predators and perverts, all the way to STDs and other infections. Their reporting box states, “Be as detailed as possible. We want all of the juicy details.” On LiarsandCheaters.com, anything is “fair game,” and as such, it stands to affect your online reputation in unprecedented ways.
While most online cheater reporting websites were born out of a noble idea – to warn others against unfaithful persons and other abusers, it has sadly turned into a toxic hotbed for online defamation and mudslinging. Most online cheater reporting websites follow a similar formula, anonymity, difficult to navigate removal policies, and unverified content, making them a dream come true for disgruntled past lovers or exes, or literally anyone who has a personal grudge against you.
Their Facebook page also boasts over 2,500 likes, meaning this isn’t a small-scale operation. Online defamation and false accusations about your faithfulness, sexual history, and other damning information could potentially be broadcasted to thousands of persons. At their peak in July 2018, LiarsandCheaters.com was frequented by nearly 2,000 users per month. Furthermore, they have numerous names of persons which now rank in Google’s top 10 of search results – making it a highly visible and effective tool for exposing and potentially defaming cheaters/innocent persons.
Online Defamation Removal Tip: Online defamation has catapulted false statements and libel to never-before-seen levels, as now instead of only being able to reach one’s immediate community, defamation may be disseminated and communicated to persons across the globe. Time is of the essence when dealing with online defamation, so proactivity is key. We strongly recommend setting up a Google Alerts account to notify you anytime your name is mentioned online. Or, you can input specific keywords you’d like to be notified about which are mentioned in conjunction with your name.
Now, let’s take a look at a popular question which is asked, “Are cheater reporting websites legal?” You might just be surprised at the below answer.
Are Cheater Reporting Websites Legal?
Simply put, yes.
As mentioned above, cheater reporting and dating review websites were born out of an idea of transparency, with hopes of preventing others from potential heartbreak, loss, or even disease. However, most cheater reporting websites have evolved into quite the opposite, with a good bulk of them boasting entirely fabricated and malicious content, which does not in fact intend to “inform” others and the general public, but destroy an innocent person’s reputation. And, it’s becoming increasingly easy due to the lack of safeguards in place.
Ultimately, that’s the price we pay for creating a free and open Internet, and it’s not a perfect solution. Clearly, there are high volumes of defamatory and libelous content slipping through the cracks. But, that’s all thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the governing piece of legislation for cheater reporting websites and other user-generated content platforms where such reviews, alerts, and reports are posted.
Section 230 of the CDA is a broad and all-encompassing piece of legislation protecting Internet Service Provider (ISPs) for content posted to their website and platform by third-parties. Effectively, Section 230 enables websites to claim they had no direct hand in the publishing, so they shouldn’t be held liable for what’s posted. For reference, user-generated content platforms and most websites which are protected under this piece of legislation include; forums, bulletin boards, and social media sites. Wherever the user is “given the keys” to creating and posting content, liability will exist solely with them.
There are however several exceptions, including in cases where users have posted criminal content, revenge porn, and contented infringing a copyright.
Specifically, Section 230 of the CDA reads:
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Note that if the website or ISP has been found to create, curate, or otherwise materially alter the content in question, then they may possibly be held liable for online defamation and libel.
The U.S. legal system has sought to strike a balance in the free dissemination of content and information, by balancing the rights of platforms to serve as a medium for posting such, with the rights of a person to recover against them. Unfortunately, it seems a bit one-sided, as there is generally little-to-no recourse for most who are affected.
So, who can you hold liable for defamatory and libelous posts on LiarsandCheaters.com and other cheater reporting/alert websites?
The individual poster.
It can however be difficult to identify and locate an anonymous poster, so we strongly recommend you reach out to an experienced internet defamation attorney to explore your legal options.
If you’d like to read up further on the legality of cheater reporting websites, check out our comprehensive blog post titled, “Are Cheater Websites Legal & How Do They Affect My Reputation.”
Defamation Law Fact: Most statute of limitations for defamation claims range from one to three years. To brush up on your state’s respective statute of limitations for libel and slander actions, head on over to our Legal Resource Center and check out our comprehensive U.S. libel laws interactive map. Don’t risk being barred from commencing a defamation action because you failed to acquaint yourself with your state’s respective statute of limitations!
If you’re unsure of whether you have an actionable libel claim for false and malicious posts on LiarsandCheaters.com or other cheater reporting websites, contact the online defamation lawyers of Minc Law now!
At Minc Law, we’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and permanent libel removals! And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
Three Fundamental Issues With LiarsandCheaters.com
There’s several core issues that plague LiarsandCheaters.com and other user-generated content platforms/cheater reporting websites. In this section, we’re going to take a look at three of the most crippling issues, which ultimately threaten your online reputation and livelihood.
Anonymous Registration & Posts
When malicious online posters and libelers aren’t required to provide any personal or identifiable information, their sense of invincibility increases. After all, most people are not taking the time to hire a lawyer to uncover a person’s identity. The harsh reality of the situation is that most anonymous online posters and trolls remain anonymous. And, if they know they face little-to-no actual legal recourse, why wouldn’t they choose to spread false information and hurl malicious accusations against someone?
This takes us into our next point – unverified content and information.
Embedded in Section 230 of the CDA is the fact that user-generated content platforms and ISPs are not in charge of sifting through content. But for content that is actually created or materially altered (edited) by them, they are able to skirt liability. Essentially, cheater reporting websites and other popular scam, consumer advocacy, and STD reporting bulletin boards, have become hotbeds for unverified content, and subsequently, online libel.
LiarsandCheaters.com’s website reads: “all statements contained on this website are solely attributable to their creators. Put a different way, we do not verify the information and are not responsible for its accuracy or lack thereof.”
Furthermore, their ‘Contact Us’ pages states: “This is a cheater reporting website, expect rumor, satire, and humor. We do not edit posts nor do we manipulate the contents.”
But, what happens when the content and posts far exceed rumor, satire, and humor?
Strict Removal Policies
Strict removal policies are at the heart of most user-generated content platforms and cheater reporting websites, as they are well aware of their “near immunity” granted to them under Section 230 of the CDA. Because of such, they often post disclaimers in their Terms of Services and Privacy Policies declaring content will stay up forever.
LiarsandCheaters.com notes that users may challenge posts, however, they must do so through contacting an Internet Reputation Control firm or law firm or must go through a court of competent jurisdiction to sue the original poster, win, and present them with a court order. They also state that “demands to remove posts that are not accompanied Court Orders are ignored.” And, they do retain discretion to review court orders and subsequently determine whether or not they will honor it.
Let’s take a look at a case exemplifying the permanency of posts on LiarsandCheaters.com.
A Curious Case of Cyberstalking & Opposed Removals
LiarsandCheaters.com’s hardline stance on content removals manifested itself in a 2010 instance, where a man named Lee David Clayworth was “cyberstalked” after breaking up with a woman in Malaysia. Post-break up, the woman stole his laptop and accessed his email account, posing as Clayworth while sending messages to his contacts about having sex with underage students. The cyberstalking and harassment progressed to such a level, that there were hundreds of false accusations and comments posted about him – to the point that a regular Google search of his name would yield countless results about him being involved in criminal activities.
Subsequently, Clayworth sued the woman in Malaysia, and he was awarded over USD $65,000 in damages. However, she continued on with the defamation and moved countries to skirt Malaysian reach.
Clayworth faced and uphill battle from there. While some sites offered to remove all libelous and false material, others – such as LiarsandCheaters.com – adamantly opposed the removal. With the manager of LiarsandCheaters.com at the time even posting that he would relocate the website to Germany, so that Clayworth would have to go through the German courts for a removal. Furthermore, he stated, “the post will remain permanently for the rest of your life.”
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: In the world of online defamation, the United States is generally considered a pro-defendant defamation jurisdiction due to its longstanding enforcement of Free Speech and the First Amendment. On the flipside of the coin, other Common Law countries (ex. Australia, U.K. and Canada) and European countries are typically considered pro-plaintiff jurisdictions.
How Can I Remove Posts From LiarsandCheaters.com?
To remove posts and libelous attacks from LiarsandCheaters.com, we strongly recommend you consult an experienced defamation removal attorney. Doing so will not only save you time and hassle, it will help increase your chances of locating and identifying a malicious poster.
Do not send a threat to LiarsandCheaters.com stating that you will be commencing legal action against them, as they will publish those threats and index them. Their ‘Contact Us’ page reads: “In other words, your threats will cause your name to appear in another site, it’s what some call backfire.” If you’re unsure of how to proceed after finding defamatory and false accusations about yourself on LiarsandCheaters.com, contact us ASAP!
From there, we will work with the necessary parties to work towards a removal of defamatory content. And, in rare instances, we will seek to obtain a court ordered removal.
There are also alternative methods of removing content about you from user-generated content platforms and websites.
- Copyright Infringement (DMCA Takedown): As noted above, there are several core exceptions to Section 230 of the CDA – one of them being copyright infringement and intellectual property infringement. Note that if a picture of you is posted, there’s a good chance the person posting it is not the holder of the copyright, and has infringed upon yours. In such instances, we strongly recommend you hire an attorney to send a DMCA takedown notice.
- Suppression of Internet Search Results: While not an actual way to remove defamatory online posts and content, suppressing negative and false Internet search results can be a viable method for persons looking for a cheap (or free) and straight forward way to minimize its visibility. Google and other search engines reward good content, so creating good content, maintaining a blog, opening up your social media profiles and commenting publicly, and interlinking between various profiles, is an effective way to suppress negative content.
- Court Ordered Removal: As mentioned above, in rare instances, seeking a court ordered removal is an effective way to secure the removal of false online content. We do however recommend you reach out to an experienced internet defamation attorney before proceeding further.
Now, let’s turn to several consequences of online defamation and what can happen if it isn’t taken care of in proper time
Common Consequences of Libelous Posts on Cheater Reporting Websites
Let’s take a look at some of the most common consequences of being posted about, libeled, and defamed on online cheater reporting websites and forums. Such posts stand not only to substantially affect your personal life and reputation, but your professional one as well.
|Personal Reputation||Professional Reputation|
|Humiliation, embarrassment, and ostracization from one’s community||Loss of customers and business and decreased bottom line|
|Destroyed personal and family relationships||Unwanted and negative public criticism and scrutiny|
|Anxiety, depression, and other physical symptoms||Destruction of business partnerships, advertising, and funding|
|Loneliness||Denial of present and future employment promotions and opportunities|
|Nervousness and paranoia||Having to shut down and close ones business or company for good|
Above are just some of the most common consequences of online defamation, and not an exhaustive list. The point is, it stands to drastically affect your life if it’s not taken care of. Online defamation and libelous attacks are like a wildfire, and the longer you let them sit, grow, and spread, the more damage it’s going to do.
Reputation & Brand Management Tip: If you own a restaurant or other business, we recommend establishing a reputation & brand monitoring budget. Doing so will not only allow you to gauge how the general public views your restaurant, product, or business, but it will also allow you to efficiently identify online intellectual property infringers.
Work With the Experienced Online Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law Today!
If you’ve been the victim of false attacks and accusations on LiarsandCheaters.com (or other cheater and scam reporting websites) reach out to the online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today!
In our tenure as experienced (and nationally recognized) defamation lawyers, we’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of online content, litigated in over 19 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online takedown and removal rate. Furthermore, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee. What are you waiting for?
Here’s what you can expect when working with the Cleveland-based attorneys of Minc Law:
- Courtesy & Respect: We treat all of our clients with the utmost courtesy and respect, as we know just how invasive and stressful online defamation can be. Rest assured, when working with the lawyers of Minc Law, we’re always on your side. After all, your goals are our goals.
- Open Communication: We pride ourselves on open communication and dialogue, and will make sure to keep you updated with relevant details of your case/removal. It’s our job to keep you informed, so expect to always be in the loop.
- Businesses & Websites Respond to Minc Law: That’s right, websites and businesses respond to Minc Law, and it shows. As mentioned above, we’ve secured the swift and effective removal of over 25,000 pieces of online content and support a nearly 100% removal rate. Rest assured you’re in good hands when working with us!