In this all-encompassing blog post, we’re going to walk you through how to remove yourself and false posts from CheatingReport.com, several issues associated with its format, registration, and submission policies, and several alternative methods to removing negative content from the Internet!
- We guarantee the removal of libelous and false content and posts from CheatingReport.com, simply reach out to the defamation lawyers of Minc Law today! Removing libelous, false, and other negative content from CheatingReport.com requires the use of a law firm-based third-party arbitration service to assist in the removal of such postings, so contact us today and let’s get started with your removal!
- Several free and effective alternatives towards removing and suppressing negative/false content online include: utilizing good SEO practices and techniques to suppress results in search engines, sending a cease and desist letter (but, first make sure you’ve weighed your options), and filing a DMCA takedown notice if there is copyrighted material (photographs, videos, and other media) posted on the website/bulletin board.
Online Defamation Removal Tip: It’s important to weigh your options when confronting online defamation and make sure not to anger the malicious poster or online troll. We often recommend thinking of potential consequences before responding to an online poster and defamer, as it could lead to them spreading the information to more websites and people. Make sure to reach out to an experienced defamation removal attorney if you’re unsure what to do.
If you’ve been the victim of malicious and false posts on CheatingReport.com and want it removed completely, contact the experienced online defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law today! At Minc Law, we can guarantee removal of false and libelous posts from CheatingReport, simply contact us! And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee! We also offer guaranteed removals for a variety of other user-generated content platforms and websites, which you can find under our ‘Content Removal’ page.
At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of online defamation and libel law, and have secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of content/websites in our tenure, and litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries! And for the websites and ISPs not listed on our ‘Content Removal’ page, we boast a nearly 100% defamation takedown rate. So, rest assured you’re in good hands when working with the Internet defamation attorneys of Minc Law!
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The Facts: What is CheatingReport.com?
CheatingReport.com is a popular cheater exposing and infidelity shaming website, where users expose past cheating boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, and partners who acted unfaithfully. While CheatingReport may have began with a transparent and honest cause in mind – to protect individuals from cheating spouses and partners (and prevent future relationship problems and heartbreak) – it’s unfortunately become a hotbed for libel and online defamation.
And the worst part, it’s anonymous, meaning users are able to submit reports without ever having to reveal their names and identities.
CheatingReport.com’s ‘Submit Report’ page and submission box prompts users to tell them about cheating, cheaters, and homewreckers, and to be as detailed as possible. As their submission box reads, “We want all of the juicy details.” Some examples of the reports on CheatingReport.com include accusing women of using guys and girls for money, labeling men as sexual predators, and exposing of person’s old police reports. The site also allows users to anonymously comment on cheaters and posts,
And, according to SemRush, a popular marketing and keyword analytics tool and website, CheatingReport.com even ranks on the first page for several person’s names.
After landing on the homepage, users and posters are greeted with a picture of (presumably) Peter, Peter pumpkin eater, however the rhyme has been altered somewhat to read, “Pumpkin…Cheater!!!” While seemingly comical, CheatingReport is no laughing matter and stands to significantly injure your personal and professional reputation if not dealt with expediently and properly.
We Guarantee Your Removal From CheatingReport.com
At Minc Law, we’re able to guarantee libelous and false content/post removal from CheatingReport.com, simply contact us to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation. In our tenure as experienced online defamation lawyers, we’ve drawn from a full arsenal of legal tactics in order to quickly and permanently remove online defamation and other false content. And, it works. We’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of libelous and false content/websites in our tenure as defamation attorneys.
Furthermore, we know who to work with and how to work with them in order to secure swift and effective removals. Not only do we remove online libel and false accusations from the Internet, we do so in a cost efficient and effective manner, making sure you (the client) do not incur unreasonable and exorbitant expenses.
Head on over to “Our Services” page to find a list of websites we offer guaranteed removals from (CheatingReport.com included). If you’ve been libeled or maliciously attacked on a website which is not listed, we recommend contacting us to explore your legal options, as we boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown and removal rate, and high success rates with court ordered removals and search engine de-indexing.
Removing online defamation and libel as soon as it appears is absolutely crucial towards protecting your personal and professional reputation. Know that libel and defamation is like a wildfire, and the longer you let it sit and spread, the more damage it’s going to do (potentially irreparable damage).
If you’re wondering about several alternative methods to removing and suppressing online content and false posts, look no further.
- Sending a Cease & Desist Letter: Sending a cease and desist letter is an effective way to let websites and persons know you mean business. However, it’s extremely important you weigh the pros and cons of sending one, as it could not only anger the person in question, but lead to more malicious and false content being posted about you. If you’re unsure about sending a cease and desist letter, we recommend consulting an experienced online defamation removal attorney.
- Utilizing Good SEO Tactics: Google and other search engines (such as Bing and Yahoo!) appreciate and recognize positive and constructive content and posts. As such, they reward it with higher visibility in the search engine rankings. If you’re looking to stay on top of your online reputation for the long term, utilizing good SEO tactics and practices is an effective way to make sure defamatory content never makes its way to the front page. We recommend setting up a blog and frequently updating it, commenting publicly with your social media profiles on high profile websites and review sites, and linking between all of your social media accounts (doing so creates a “spider web” of constructive content).
- Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice: While CheatingReport.com doesn’t sanction users to post photographs and other media, a good percentage of other user-generated content platforms and cheater shaming websites do. There’s usually one fundamental issue with this – the person posting the picture or other media generally does not have the copyright to what they are posting (as such, they are infringing upon your copyright). Filing and sending a DMCA takedown notice is an effective way to have copyrighted material removed from the Internet, however it can be a tricky process, so we recommend consulting an experienced libel and Internet defamation attorney.
Ohio Defamation Law Fact: Ohio defines defamation as a “false statement that: causes injury to a person’s reputation; exposes him to public contempt, hatred, shame, ridicule or disgrace; or affects him adversely in his trade or business.” Persons who commit the tort of defamation are commonly referred to as libelers (for written defamation), slanderers (for spoken), defamers (the general term), and in rare cases – famacide.
CheatingReport Poses a Danger to Your Reputation
In this section, we’re going to look at several fundamental reasons why CheatingReport.com poses a serious threat to not only your personal reputation, but your professional one. Unfortunately, with online defamation, it is capable of permeating all aspects of your life. And, it stands to not only affect you, but your friends, family, and other loved ones as well.
CheatingReport.com has three fundamental problems which pose a serious threat to your reputation. Let’s take a look.
- Anonymous Users: As we noted above, CheatingReport.com does not require users to register and provide any identifying information when submitting a post (and exposing a cheater). It’s as simple as heading on over to the ‘Submit Report’ page, entering a title, choosing a category, and typing ones message. Furthermore, commenters are anonymous as well, which also creates a malicious cycle of defamation and libel. Websites and user-generated content platforms that have some sort of identification and registration procedure boast much lower levels of online defamation and libel. Unfortunately, most cheater and scam reporting websites are aware of their immunity under certain landmark legislation (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act), and do very little to verify the users who post on their website.
- Unverified Content & Posts: User-generated content platforms, bulletin boards, and websites are protected under a landmark piece of Internet legislation called the Communications Decency Act. Specifically, Section 230 of the CDA immunizes websites and ISPs who provide platforms where content is posted by third-parties. Simply put, if the website didn’t create or materially alter the content posted, then it’s near impossible to bring a defamation lawsuit against them. As such, they generally take a hands-off approach to verifying and vetting content/posts. This ultimately leads to higher degrees of online defamation, false accusations, and malicious attacks. After all, why wouldn’t an anonymous user make up certain facts and stories to further their own agenda – especially if they know the website in question isn’t going to do anything about it!
- Lack of Terms & Conditions + Removal Policy: Most user-generated content platforms and cheater/scam reporting websites have some sort of terms and conditions page which outlines the grounds for removal. Most UGCs support strict and hardline removal policies, making it extremely difficult for the average user to remove libelous and false online content. CheatingReport.com doesn’t even have a section on their website for users to learn how to remove such content, making it an incredibly muddy and confusing landscape to navigate. As we can guarantee the removal of libelous and false content from CheatingReport.com, we recommend you contact us immediately to schedule a free, initial no-obligation consultation!
Now, let’s turn to several legal cases which show the power and the near-blanket immunity granted to ISPs under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Reputation & Brand Monitoring Tip: If you’re a business or service with an online presence (ex. Yelp or Google Business), it’s imperative you establish a reputation and brand monitoring budget. Negative reviews and libelous comments stand to severely damage your business and bottom line should they go unnoticed or stay online. Establishing an online reputation monitoring budget is a great way to gauge the general public’s perception of your brand or business, and identify intellectual property infringers!
Two Legal Cases Showing the Power of the CDA
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) has generated a lot of controversy in its tenure due to its near-blanket immunity that it grants to ISPs and websites. Most notably, there’s two schools of thought; those who think Section 230 goes too far and ultimately deprives persons from a fundamental right to determine their online narrative and control their digital identity, and free speech proponents who view it as a necessary for promoting guaranteed First Amendment rights.
In this section, we’re going to walk you through two important cases in United States Internet defamation, and show just how truly powerful Section 230 is.
Let’s start with our first case, Zeran v. AOL.
Zeran v. AOL: Knowledge, Failure to Act, & Preemption
Six days after the Oklahoma City bombing, a message was anonymously posted on an AOL bulletin board advertising items glorifying the terrible event. Potential buyers were directed to contact the plaintiff, Kenneth Zeran, whose number was posted in the advertisement and message. Unsurprisingly, Zeran had not in fact posted the message and had nothing to do with the content. Soon after, Zeran began receiving countless phone calls and then reached out to AOL to have the message removed – which AOL then removed.
Not long after, another similar message and advertisement was anonymously posted, directing potential buyers to contact Zeran. The message and post was removed again, however Zeran kept receiving calls – to the point where he was unable to use his telephone for his home business. In January 1996, Zeran filed suit against a broadcasting company for reading one of the messages on air, and AOL.
In Zeran’s suit against AOL, he alleged that AOL was negligent in failing to adequately respond to the notices and advertisements posted on its bulletin board aftering being made aware of it. AOL did not dispute their knowledge of the libelous and defamatory statements in question, but did argue that the CDA did preempt a previous 1991 case and holding (note that the CDA was not actually enacted until February 1996).
In determining the preemption of state laws, the court in Zeran noted that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution required preemption of state laws when a conflict with federal laws existed. Ultimately, the court found that the state laws were in conflict with federal laws, as “Congress’ clear objective in passing Section 230 of the CDA was to encourage the development of technologies, procedures and techniques by which objectionable material could be blocked or deleted.”
On appeal, the Fourth Circuit again granted judgment in favor of America Online, opining that “distributors” are a category of publishers and thus, covered under Section 230 of the CDA.
Let’s take a look at our second case – Blumenthal v. Drudge – another case where AOL came out on top and was relieved of immunity under the CDA.
Blumenthal v. Drudge: ISPs May Take Full Advantage of CDA Benefits
In 1998, the Blumenthals, a husband and a wife, brought suit against Drudge Report founder Matthew Drudge and AOL over a defamatory article which was posted on AOL’s website. Specifically, Drudge wrote a false piece alleging that Blumenthal had assaulted his wife. Drudge and AOL had previously entered into an agreement, whereby Drudge would post his column on the AOL website, which is at the heart of the legal matter contested.
Of course, AOL relied on immunity granted under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act noting that while AOL was in agreement with contractor (Drudge) that they could alter and remove content if needed, it did not in fact make them an “information content provider,” as the content was actually created and curated by an independent contractor (Drudge).
Ultimately, the Court ruled that Congress had chosen a policy to provide immunity to ISPs even where they had an aggressive role in making available content created and curated by third-parties. In their conclusion, the court noted, “While it appears to this Court that AOL in this case has taken advantage of all the benefits conferred by Congress in the Communications Decency Act, and then some, without accepting any of the burdens that Congress intended, the statutory language is clear: AOL is immune from suit, and the Court therefore must grant its motions for summary judgment.”
Online Defamation Law Fact: It should be no surprise by now that online defamation stands to affect all facets of your life if it’s not confronted and removed immediately, therefore, we recommend setting up a Google Alerts account. Setting up a Google Alerts account will enable you to quickly and accurately identify online defamation and malicious attacks right when they happen, meaning the time for it to spread and embed itself in the Internet is cut down drastically!
Work With Experienced Internet Defamation Removal Lawyers Today!
If you’ve been defamed or falsely accused on CheatingReport.com, we can guarantee your removal! Simply contact us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation consultation. And, we will remove all content from CheatingReport.com for a flat, reasonable fee!
At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of United States defamation and libel law, so rest assured you’re in good hands when working with any one of our experienced online defamation lawyers. In our tenure as nationally recognized Internet and business defamation attorneys, we’ve secured the online removal of over 25,000 pieces of content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% takedown and removal rate.
Here’s what you can expect when working with the online defamation attorneys of Minc Law:
- Utmost Respect & Courtesy: We understand how invasive and overwhelming online defamation and libel is, so know that we’re here to make the takedown process as smooth as possible. After all, your goals are our goals, so know that we’re always on your side!
- Open Lines of Communication & Dialogue: We understand how important it is to stay informed regarding your case and removal, so know that we’re here to keep you in the loop. Unlike other defamation attorneys and third-party arbitration firms that go missing once the process has begun, we make sure to update you with all important and relevant details!
- Websites & Businesses Respond to Minc Law: As we mentioned above, we’ve secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of libelous content and websites, and boast a nearly 100% takedown and removal rate. We’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to swiftly and securely remove content. And, when needed and applicable, we’ll attempt to hold an individual poster liable for their libelous content!
What are you waiting for? If you’d like a guaranteed removal of negative and false content from CheatingReport.com, contact us today!