Before diving into this piece, we want to emphasize that this article concerns itself with CheaterReports.com, not CheaterReport.com. If you’re seeking how to remove false posts and online defamation from CheaterReport.com, head on over to this article for more details.
In this comprehensive blog post and article, we’re going to walk you through how to secure a guaranteed content and post removal from CheaterReports.com, several of the most common consequences associated with online defamation and libel, three fundamental issues plaguing cheater reporting websites and online bulletin boards, and steps to take when you’re a victim of online defamation and false accusations.
- At Minc Law, we guarantee post and content removals from CheaterReports.com, simply contact us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation. We also provide guaranteed defamation removals for countless other websites, so make sure to head on over to our Guaranteed Removals page to check out the complete list of websites and platforms.
- CheaterReports.com poses a serious threat to both your personal and professional reputation due to three primary reasons:
- Lack of proper poster/user registration,
- Inadequate content and post verification safeguards,
- Minimal content removal policy.
Defamation Law Fact: Defamation is an all-encompassing term for a false statement which is communicated to a third-party and causes damage to another’s reputation. It may also commonly be referred to as: traducement, character assassination, vilification, and disparagement. Do however note that disparagement is actually a misnomer, and refers to a statement which causes damage to another’s proprietary or financial rights, rather than reputation.
Have you been the victim of false accusations and libelous posts on CheaterReports.com and want it removed? Reach out to the experienced online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today to discuss your guaranteed defamation removal from CheaterReports.com. That’s right! Guaranteed! All you have to do is contact us.
We also provide guaranteed defamation removals from numerous other sites, bulletin boards, and online platforms, which can be found over at our Guaranteed Removals page. And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee!
At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of defamation and libel law, and have the results to prove it. In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation removal lawyers, we’ve secured the effective and quick removal of over 25,000 websites and pieces of content, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation removal rate.
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The Basics: What is CheaterReports.com?
CheaterReports.com is a popular online platform and bulletin board for users to post cheating reports about unfaithful boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, exes, or other persons. Having been around for several years now, CheaterReports.com has solidified itself as a go-to hub for persons looking to “expose” cheating spouses, peaking at nearly 1,000 organic users per month in August/September 2018 and boasting over 200 pages of “cheater reports.”
When landing on CheaterReports.com’s homepage, users are bombarded with countless photographs of presumably cheating partners and exes, and prompted to “Report that cheater before they cheat again!” Unfaithful spouses and partners are sorted by state or country, with its reach going so far as the United Kingdom, Germany, and even South Africa.
Creating a “cheater report” can be done within mere minutes, as there is no comprehensive registration or verification process, and users are also able to upload photographs or other files of the offending party. And, if you think this website only deals with “cheating,” you’d be dead wrong. Even browsing the first page, site users will see reports accusing persons of everything from sexual assault, to rampant drug use, all the way to prostitution.
What differentiates CheaterReports.com from most of your run-of-the-mill cheater shaming and reporting websites is that it has an extremely active comment section as well – where commenters lodge their own baseless accusations and feed off of already published reports. While most cheater shaming and reporting websites started with noble intentions, to save innocent persons from manipulative and unfaithful parties, they’ve unfortunately evolved into a hub for online defamation over the years, as there is often very little policing of the actual content that is posted.
CheaterReports.com is no different, and poses a serious threat to both your personal and professional reputation. Imagine having a malicious and false cheating report show up on the first page of Google after searching your name. It’s time to act and take back your online reputation and presence.
Let’s take a look at how to secure a guaranteed defamation and post removal from CheaterReports.com.
Defamation Law Fact: In certain civil law legal jurisdictions across the world, defamation is considered a crime, rather than a civil wrong. Such classification has been met with great backlash, with the United Nations Human Rights Committee ultimately ruling (in 2012) that the libel laws of the Philippines were incompatible with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Guaranteed Post Removal From CheaterReports.com
In our tenure as experienced (and nationally recognized) Internet defamation removal attorneys, we’ve built up an arsenal of cost-effective and powerful tactics to secure guaranteed defamation removals from specific sites. At Minc Law, we offer guaranteed defamation removals from CheaterReports.com (along with countless other websites and platforms). And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
You can find the comprehensive list of all websites and online platforms which we offer guaranteed content removals from over at our Guaranteed Removals page.
Whether it embarrassing photographs and media posted on a social networking site, personal and private information wrongfully provided to an online public database, or illegal and unwanted content (such as revenge porn) in the Google search engine indices, we’ve got you covered.
Even when guaranteed defamation removal options are not available for a specific website, we still boast high success rates (nearly 100%) with court ordered removals and search engine de-indexing. And, when necessary (and depending on the state), we will seek to hold the malicious online poster (defamer) liable for their actions.
Navigating today’s online defamation landscape can be tricky and stressful, so don’t go at it alone. Confronting online defamation without a comprehensive takedown game-plan could ultimately result in the further dissemination of defamatory (and unsavory) posts, along with increased attacks and attention. Working with an experienced online defamation attorney is important for putting your best put forward in an otherwise complex and ever-changing defamation arena.
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U.S. Defamation Law Tip: While criminal defamation is not codified at the federal level, 23 states and 3 territories in do have some form of criminal defamation laws in their books. However, most state criminal defamation laws have been held to be unconstitutional due to their incompatibility with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and free speech.
Three Key Issues With CheaterReports.com
Broadcasting the slogan “Don’t let them cheat again,” CheaterReports.com is striving to become an authoritative source on everything “infidelity.” However, it is rife with flaws and ineffective mechanisms to prevent online defamation and false accusations. In this section, we’re going to walk you through three key issues with CheaterReports.com, and how all three shortcomings ultimately place your online reputation in danger.
Keep in mind that all three of these shortcomings are commonly found in a high percentage of today’s cheater reporting and infidelity shaming websites.
Lack of Proper User Registration
At the very crux of CheaterReports.com’s failings is its user registration form. When registering an account on CheaterReports.com, users are only required to create a username, provide their first and last name, and register an email address. Simply put, there’s no personal or identifiable information that can be easily tied to a user, and CheaterReports’ users operate under near-complete anonymity.
Most online trolls and users looking to defame an innocent person online will use a throwaway email when signing up, further obfuscating their identity and making the identification process even tougher.
After all, if no personal information is directly tied to one’s account and they have a gripe to pick with someone, why wouldn’t they be more prone to posting defamatory and inflammatory comments/posts?
Unfortunately, anonymous users enjoy an increased feeling of invincibility when they are able to skirt traditional and comprehensive identification and registration processes, which ultimately leads to higher rates of online defamation and malicious accusations.
Lackluster Content Verification Safeguards
Most cheater reporting and infidelity shaming websites fall under the classification of “user-generated content platform (UGC),” meaning they are merely a website which provides the platform for third-parties to post and curate content. User-generated content platforms are protected under a landmark (and controversial) piece of Internet legislation, known as the Communications Decency Act.
Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites and other Internet service providers (ISPs) are immune for liability for content and information posted to their platform by third-parties. As such, they often boast very lackluster content verification safeguards. As long as the website in question is not the actual creator or editor of the content at issue, then they will not be held liable for what is posted (unless a narrow exception applies).
CheaterReports.com recognizes its near-blanket immunity under Section 230 of the CDA, and takes an extremely hands-off approach towards vetting and verifying the veracity of content posted.
Barebones Content Removal Policy
Unless a narrow exception of the Communications Decency Act applies (intellectual property infringement, child pornography, revenge porn, or criminal content), then websites (such as CheaterReports.com) generally have no obligation to remove the content posted.
Section 230 of the CDA has generated considerable controversy since its implementation, with free speech advocates arguing it’s a necessity for the promotion of free speech and debate, and conservative parties/legislators arguing it ultimately opens up doors for online abuse and a highly toxic online environment.
Specifically, CheaterReports.com’s removal policy leaves much to be desired, reading: “We have designed a simple policy for removal of content. Content will be removed from CheaterReports.com if:
- A Court finds the content to be false and defamatory. We reserve the right to review the specific situation and don’t look favorably upon collusion.
- The post is about a person under 18 (no need to say more here).
- The post is revenge porn (disgusting!).”
CheaterReports.com’s removal policy leaves very few actionable channels for everyday online defamation victims seeking to remove unsavory and false content. Not every victim has the means or know-how to bring such information before a court (that’s why we recommend reaching out to an experienced online defamation attorney).
Looking to better acquaint yourself with the legalities of cheater reporting and shaming websites? Check out our comprehensive article and blog post addressing cheater reporting website immunity, along with how to hold malicious posters liable for false comments and posts on cheater websites.
Online Defamation Removal Tip: When confronting online defamation, we strongly recommend documenting and preserving as much evidence as possible, as it will ultimately help strengthen your online libel claim. Screenshotting and timestamping the material is generally the easiest way to preserve evidence of online defamation. It’s also important to have a trusted friend or family member assist in the documentation process, as it may ultimately help refute any claims by a defamation defendant that you tampered or misrepresented evidence.
Most Common Defenses to Online Defamation & Libel
Before bringing an online defamation or libel lawsuit, it’s important to understand that a defamation defendant may ultimately have a valid defense to your claim, and not in fact be liable for the comments or content posted. Below are just several of the most common defenses to online defamation and libel utilized by defendants accused of posting false information and content on the Internet.
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In this section, we’re going to take a brief look at each of the above five defamation defenses.
Simply put, the truth can hurt, and is considered an absolute defense to defamation and libel lawsuits in the United States. At the very heart of a defamation action is the requirement that a statement contain a false assertion of fact. So, if a statement contains a statement which is well…true, then there’s no actionable defamation claim on the table.
Additionally, statements and publications need not be truthful down to the exact detail, and as long as the crux of the statement is considered demonstrably true, and the “gist” or “sting” of it is felt, then a defendant may rely on truth as a defense. Such doctrine is often referred to as the “substantial truth doctrine.”
When confronting malicious or unsavory online posts, simply ask yourself, “can the statement in question actually be proved true or false?” If it can and there is no false assertion of fact behind it, then truth may likely be relied upon.
Can Someone’s Opinion Be Defamatory?
As defamation concerns itself with the false assertion of fact (can something be independently verified as true or false?), if a statement cannot be independently verified as true or false, then there is likely no actionable defamation claim.
Opinion simply refers to a statement or publication which is incapable of being verified as true or false. However, do note that in the wild world of online defamation, we often come across statements which are mixed in substance, meaning that a portion of the statement is true, while the portion is not.
Oftentimes, when a statement is mixed, courts will look to a totality of the circumstances in order to determine whether the content is in fact defamatory.
Furthermore, if a statement is made which is not reasonably understood to be a statement of fact, then the speaker or publisher likely will not be held liable for defamation.
Privilege: A Party’s Right to Do or Say something
While ‘privilege’ might sound like a daunting or confusing term to try and wrap your head around, it’s in fact extremely simple and straightforward. Privilege simply refers to a party’s right to do or say something at a specific time or place – even if defamatory.
Privilege exists in order to further our fundamental democratic mechanisms and processes by authorizing open and free debate/discussion without fear of legal repercussions.
Privilege can be broken down into several core types; absolute, qualified, fair report, and statutory. To read up further on legal privilege in the United States, head on over to our comprehensive (and interactive) defamation and libel mega-page.
Consent: Can Consent be Revoked?
Consent will be a valid defense to defamation and libel in instances where a defamation plaintiff in fact explicitly or implicitly consented to a defamatory publication or communication.
Think about it, if you consent to a particular publication or statement going live, what right do you later have to seek to hold the publishing party liable? Do understand that there is a difference once a statement or publication is then materially altered or exceeds the original scope of consent – then a party may be held liable for defamation or libel.
Retraction of a Defamatory Statement
Unfortunately, the retraction of a defamatory or libelous statement/publication will not immunize a defendant from a defamation claim. Rather, a retraction may lead to the mitigation of damages a defendant may have to pay/forfeit.
Additionally, should a defamation plaintiff fail to request a retraction of the defamatory/libelous publication at issue, then they may be precluded from recovering specific damages – such as punitive (punishment) damages.
For example, the Texas Defamation Mitigation Act requires defamation/libel plaintiffs to make a timely and sufficient request for correction, clarification, or retraction of a statement by the defendant. Should they ultimately fail to make such a request, then a defamation plaintiff may not recover punitive (exemplary) damages.
Libel Removal Tip: When removing online defamation, it’s extremely important to understand that libel and slander typically have differing statutes of limitations (the amount of time one has to initiate a defamation claim). As slander involves false spoken statements, its evidence is often fleeting and hard to preserve, so slander claims typically have a shorter statute of limitations time-frame. Make sure to acquaint yourself with your state’s respective defamation statute of limitations so you aren’t ultimately barred from bringing your claim.
Work With Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys Today!
If you’ve been the victim of online defamation and other false accusations on CheaterReports.com, contact the defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law as soon as possible to discuss your guaranteed removal! In our tenure as experienced online defamation attorneys, we’ve built an arsenal of legal tactics to be able to guarantee defamation removals from particular websites and online bulletin boards (CheaterReports.com included).
To check out the entire list of websites and online platforms which we offer guaranteed defamation removals from, we recommend heading on over to our Guaranteed Removals page. We conduct all guaranteed removals for a flat, reasonable fee.
What are you waiting for? Online defamation is like a wildfire, meaning the longer you let it sit and spread, the more damage it’s going to do to both your personal and professional reputation.
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Curious as to what you can expect when working with the Cleveland-based Internet removal attorneys of Minc Law?
- Proven Results: In our tenure as nationally recognized online defamation attorneys, we’ve secured the seamless and swift removal of over 25,000 websites and pieces of libelous content, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and support a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate. We know who to work with and how to work with them to secure permanent removals, and have worked tirelessly with countless online content managers, website administrators, and third-party arbitration firms over the years.
- Utmost Respect & Courtesy: Always know that you’re in good hands when working with our team. After all, your goals are our goals. We’re here to help you accomplish your goals in the most direct and effective manner.
- Open Communication & Dialogue: Some Internet defamation removal attorneys go missing once the takedown process has begun. Not us. At Minc Law, we pride ourselves on keeping you informed about all updates concerning your legal case or defamation removal.
Websites and businesses respond to Minc Law, so make sure to reach out today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation by calling us at (216) 373-7706, or by filling out our contact form online.