“Remove My Name and Information from PlayerBlock.com, Now!”
If you’ve been the victim of online defamation and malicious attacks on PlayerBlock.com – or a similar website – it’s time to put an end to the abuse. Reach out to the defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today to schedule a free, initial no-obligation consultation.
We want to fight for your reputation.
Table of Contents
The Facts: What is PlayerBlock.com?
PlayerBlock.com is a malicious online website where disgruntled trolls and other posters pose a serious threat to your online reputation and livelihood. Posters are able to create a free account, and subsequently accuse anyone of being a “player” – or a person typically associated with promiscuity, cheating, and other unsavory behavior. PlayerBlock.com specifically defines a player as, “a man or woman that engages in one or more relationships with selfish or bad intentions.”
On PlayerBlock, the site hosts pictures and phone numbers of alleged players, putting them on blast for the world – and allowing anyone visiting the site to sort through players’ personal information via their phone number, or through facial recognition.
What makes PlayerBlock.com so extremely dangerous and a threat to your reputation is that it has virtually no minimum standard for supporting evidence – meaning that literally anyone can publish or post an unverified attack on your reputation. As a result, PlayerBlock has become a hotspot for online defamation and malicious attacks, knowing that legal recourse is likely difficult. Additionally, all defamatory information hosted on PlayerBlock.com is just one click away for the entire world to see.
Don’t let your next employer, friend, or loved one stumble across this malicious website and find defamatory information about you. Act today and reach out to an experienced defamation removal attorney to salvage your online reputation and ultimate livelihood.
Defamation Law Fact: Defamation may also be referred to as defamation of character, calumny, vilification, traducement, and character assassination, and the party who makes such defamatory statements is often referred to as a defamer, libeler, slanderer, or famacide.
The Cleveland defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law are here to fight for your reputation by removing online defamation and other malicious online content. Defamation lawyer Aaron Minc and his team of defamation attorneys have litigated in over 19 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% defamation removal rate.
At Minc Law, we know what it takes to secure swift and permanent removals, and have worked extensively with online content managers, website administrator, and third-party arbitration services.
Online defamation is like fire, it’s best to put it out before it spreads.
Five Fundamental Issues with PlayerBlock.com
So, what specifically about PlayerBlock.com’s user-generated content platform makes it so dangerous to your reputation and livelihood?
- Bare bones user registration: Inadequate and piecemeal registration processes are a common theme amongst cheater reporting websites. Just as most people wouldn’t speak ill of someone directly to their face, online trolls and malicious posters wouldn’t engage in defamatory online activities if they knew their name was tied to their posting account. PlayerBlock has a bare bones registration system, merely requiring a name and email address. Not only can trolls use a fake name to register, it’s likely such parties are also using throwaway emails. Along with anonymous registration comes our next point.
- Encouragement to “Expose a Cheater”: PlayerBlock.com’s landing page encourages users to “Expose a Cheater,” soliciting users to dish on juicy and baseless gossip. After all, if the site encourages users to take out the pitchforks and embark on a witch hunt, why wouldn’t you?
- Utilization of social media: PlayerBlock recognizes the power of social media, and encourages users to follow them on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, encouraging the mass dissemination of unverified and defamatory information.
- Partnership with independent removal services: PlayerBlock’s FAQ lists one way to remove yourself from their website, by reaching out to a listed “independent” removal service. Although it is unconfirmed, in the past, popular websites for “dishing on gossip” and exposing cheaters have had financial interests in their content removal. So, approach with caution.
Most online user-generated content platforms take a similar form, so you will find the above characteristics in most cheater reporting, scam, revenge porn, and consumer advocacy websites on the Internet.
Online Defamation Law Fact: Forum shopping is a common term for plaintiffs who bring a claim in a jurisdiction which is considered the most favorable for their claim. As the U.S. has a storied history upholding the First Amendment – free speech – it is generally considered a defendant-friendly jurisdiction, while European and other Commonwealth countries are typically considered plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions.
Are PlayerBlock & Other Cheater Reporting Websites Legal?
Simply put, PlayerBlock.com and other cheater reporting websites are legal.
As mentioned above, PlayerBlock.com and other cheater reporting websites benefit from a comprehensive immunity granted under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
Specifically, Section 230 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 provider.”
Absent a few narrow exceptions, unless the website has a direct hand in creating or curating the content posted, they will not be held liable for online defamation and malicious attacks.
If you’re wondering how these websites can exist and what purpose they serve? Although their purpose is a malicious one, you must take the good with the bad. Such user-generated content platforms exist to democratize the Internet. In the last 10 years, we – as a society and online culture – have moved away from merely being talked at and manipulated by large news media websites and other publications to an era where “we the people” are the actual creators of content.
Censoring cheater reporting websites and other malicious user-generated content platforms could ultimately lead to an erosion of fundamental rights – such as the right to free speech. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be regulated and watched closely.
Think about the positive user-generated content platforms we benefit from as a society – Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr. In a sense, cheater reporting websites like PlayerBlock aren’t all that different from these sites and should receive similar protection – provided they engage in a legal, good-faith, and non-malicious manner.
In order to determine whether user-generated content platforms and ISPs benefit from CDA immunity, courts typically apply a three-pronged test:
- Courts look to whether the party or entity accused is a “provider or user” of an “interactive computer service,”
- Whether they are treated as the actual publisher or speaker of the information and content in question, &
- If the content was actually published by a third-party source that wasn’t them [the platform].
Should a website check all three boxes, they will not be held liable for online defamation or other civil wrongs.
To read up further on the various cheater reporting websites out there and some of the websites we have removed defamatory content from in the past, check out this comprehensive blog posted titled, “Are Cheater Websites Legal & How Do They Affect My Reputation?”
Ohio Defamation Fact: In Ohio, defamation plaintiffs are required to bring a defamation of character claim for both libel and slander within one year after the cause of action accrued. Typically, a cause of action accrues on the date a plaintiff first discovers the defamation and injury. However, in Ohio, this can be a tricky matter, as lower Ohio courts have historically followed the single publication rule – which begins the statute of limitations upon the “first publication of the matter complained of.”
Effects of Online Defamation On Your Reputation & Livelihood
Some think that online defamation stands to only affect them personally, however, online defamation and libel can have severe effects on one’s professional life and mental health as well.
Below are just some of the most common types of consequences and effects from online libel and defamation:
|Anxiety, depression, insomnia||Loss of present & future employment opportunities|
|Isolation & paranoia||Loss of customers|
|Physical sickness||Loss of funding, advertising, & sponsorships|
|Ostracization from the community, friends, & your family||Bad press & heightened community scrutiny|
|Lowered self-esteem||Decreased bottom-line|
|Destroyed personal relationships||Closing your doors for good|
Reputation & Brand Management Tip: If you are a business or sole proprietor looking to curb the effects of online defamation (and prevent it altogether), there are several free and easy steps you can take to monitor your brand and online reputation. First, set up a Google Alerts account and entered target keywords – such as your business’s name, Second, start posting regularly on social media and link your public profiles to one another. Third, get a blog up and running – frequent updates will help suppress negative SEO and Google search results.
Work With a Defamation Removal Lawyer Today to Remove Online Defamation from PlayerBlock.com
Don’t let someone’s personal vendetta destroy your personal and professional life!
If you’ve found defamatory content on PlayerBlock.com – or a similar online forum and website – and you would like it removed immediately, reach out to the defamation and libel lawyers of Minc Law. At Minc Law, Aaron Minc and his team of defamation lawyers will work directly with website administrators, content managers, and third-party arbitrators to identify the smoothest and quickest path for removal.
Malicious posters and trolls often cower behind the anonymity afforded to them by the Internet, however, at Minc Law, we have experience in identifying those perpetrators and holding them accountable for their libelous postings. Virtual accusers and defamers will often give up when faced with real-world accountability and consequences.
Libel Removal Tip: Sending a cease and desist letter is an effective – and cheap – alternative to litigation, and often gets the point across that you mean business. However, sometimes businesses or persons won’t respond to your cease and desist, so it’s important to reach out to an experienced defamation attorney to explore other options of removal or holding a malicious party liable for their actions.
- Websites Respond to the lawyers of Minc Law: We know who to contact and how to contact them. We will work swiftly to get the results you desire and hold the responsible parties accountable for their defamatory actions.
- You Will Be Treated with Courtesy and Respect: Our goals are your goals. Your consultation is confidential and free, and we are always on your side. We understand how stressful online defamation can be, so will do everything in our power to ease the process for you.
- We Will Work With You: We will stay in constant contact with you concerning the details of your case via phone, text, email, or whatever is most convenient for you.