In this comprehensive post, we’re walking you through how to remove defamatory and malicious content from CheatersAndBastards.com, what a user-generated content platform is, several alternative methods to removing online defamation and false posts, and a major piece of legislation governing cheater reporting websites!
- The remove yourself and false posts from CheatersAndBastards.com, reach out to the online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law to discuss your guaranteed removal. At Minc Law, we guarantee removal of libelous and false content from CheatersAndBastards.com, along with numerous other online bulletin boards and ISPs. Simply reach out today to explain your situation and to discuss your legal options.
- You generally cannot hold a user-generated content platform and cheater reporting/shaming website liable for defamatory and libelous contents posted on it, as such sites are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – a controversial piece of Internet legislation. You can however, seek to hold the individual, malicious poster and online troll liable. However, it can be difficult identifying an anonymous online poster, so we recommend reaching out to an experienced online defamation removal attorney.
Defamation Removal Tip: Criminal defamation does exist in the United States, however, most have been held to be unconstitutionally vague and aren’t often upheld – at present, there are 23 states and 2 territories which have criminal libel and slander laws in their books. However, there are no federal laws criminalizing defamation in the United States. To put things in perspective, between 1992 and 2004, there were only 41 criminal defamation brought to courts in the U.S., with only six defendants being convicted.
If you’ve been the victim of malicious and false attacks and accusations on CheatersAndBastards.com, reach out to the online defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today to discuss your guaranteed removal.
In our tenure as experienced Internet defamation lawyers, we’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of libelous and defamatory content/websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate. And, we do it all for a flat reasonable fee.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your online reputation and narrative.
At Minc Law, we know who to work with and how to work with them in order to secure seamless and swift defamation removals, so rest assured you’re in good hands. Know that we’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, online content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to remove false and malicious online content.
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Table of Contents
- The Brass Tacks: What is CheatersAndBastards.com?
- Why CheatersAndBastards.com Poses a Threat to Your Reputation & Livelihood
- Controversy Surrounding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
- Negative Effects of Online Defamation & False Posts on Cheater Shaming Websites
- Contact the Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law to Discuss Your Guaranteed Removal!
The Brass Tacks: What is CheatersAndBastards.com?
CheatersAndBastards.com is a popular infidelity shaming and cheater reporting website for ex spouses, girlfriends, and other persons to report on liars, cheaters, and “bastards.” CheatersAndBastards.com’s ‘About Page’ reads:
“Warning: This site contains truth, parody, comedy, freedom of speech… 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. We do not edit posts nor do we manipulate the contents.”
CheatersAndBastard’s website categorizes cheaters, liars, and bastards by state, and even allows aggrieved users and posters to report on persons located outside of the U.S. When landing on the homepage, users are prompted to “Expose a Bastard Now,” and provided an information box for the post contents, category selection option, and place to upload images and other files. Users are also afforded the opportunity to comment on posts.
And, it’s worth noting that this isn’t a small-scale website either, as CheatersAndBastards.com averaged nearly 1,000 users per month back in early 2018.
Additionally, they rank as the number one search result for several names – a scary thought considering that could be your name if the wrong poster or malicious troll decides to attack and defame you online.
CheatersAndBastards.com is classified as a user-generated content platform (UGC), meaning the crux of their content and message is created by third-parties. UGCs and websites ultimately benefit from a near-blanket immunity granted to them under a controversial piece of Internet legislation – Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (we’ll address this in Section 3).
When it comes to removing material and content from CheatersAndBastards.com and other user-generated content platforms and websites, here’s what we can help you with:
- Removing embarrassing pictures, videos, and other media,
- Eliminating posts and personal information from relationship and infidelity shaming websites,
- Removing false and damaging information from comment sections, message boards, and blogs,
- Removing fake profiles on professional or social media and networking sites, and
- Removing illegal and unwanted content from search engines (ex. Google).
Contact us today to discuss your guaranteed removal from CheatersAndBastards.com! Or, head on over to “Our Services” and take a look at the guaranteed removal options we offer. And, if you’re looking to remove content and posts from a website not listed on Our Services page, rest assured we boast a high success rate when it comes to online defamation takedowns and removals.
Defamation Law Fact: There’s certain types of statements which United States defamation and libel law recognize as so inherently defamatory and inflammatory, that a defamation plaintiff need not prove they suffered damage – a fundamental element required in defamation claims. Such statements generally include: (1) statements charging a person with having committed a crime, (2) statements imputing sexual promiscuity on a woman, (3) statements imputing a loathsome disease on a person (often a sexual transmitted disease), and (4) statements which adversely affect a person in their profession, job, or trade.
Why CheatersAndBastards.com Poses a Threat to Your Reputation & Livelihood
CheatersAndBastards.com stands to not only affect your personal reputation and livelihood, but your professional one as well, so it’s extremely important to act swiftly when removing content from this website. As mentioned above, CheatersAndBastards has enjoyed nearly 1,000 users per month at their peak, so this is no small scale operation. Think about it, would you want a person to stand before an entire auditorium of people and spread false and defamatory accusations about you? No. Then why would you allow malicious and libelous comments to remain online for thousands of users to see?
In this section, we’re going to take you through three fundamental reasons why CheatersAndBastards.com (and other user-generated content platforms) pose a serious threat to your reputation and livelihood. Most user-generated content platforms that have become hotbeds for libel and false accusations share three core properties. Let’s take a look.
1. Anonymous Registration & Signups
CheatersAndBastards.com enables literally anyone to post content or a comment about a person without ever having to sign up and provide an email address. They’re submission box and section, titled “Expose a Bastard Now” merely requires a poster to provide a title, content, and any supporting photographs.
Most reputable user-generated content platforms, such as Reddit, Facebook, and Tumblr, require a user provide at bare minimum, their email address and some sort of identifying information. When websites lack proper registration safeguards and features, they avail themselves to malicious and anonymous actors, who are able to push their agenda without fear of any legal repercussion.
When user-generated content platforms and cheater/liar reporting websites do require an email, it is often easily circumvented through signing up with a throwaway email. The point is, there are plenty of ways for malicious posters and online trolls to utilize user-generated content platforms to push their malicious agendas and comments.
2. Unverified Information & Libelous Content
Due to user-generated content platforms being protected under Section 230 of the CDA (we’ll address this below), they generally aren’t required to verify or vet content posted by third-parties. Plus, with anonymous registration and lackluster signup policies, it’s no surprise that someone would be fabricating and falsifying the information they post. After all, who is going to stop them?
For example, CheatersAndBastards’ website reads: “…we do not verify the information and are not responsible for its accuracy or lack thereof. We do not edit posts nor do we manipulate the contents.”
User-generated content platforms that care about protecting innocent persons should have certain reporting and content safeguards put in place to make sure libelous, false, and illegal content is promptly removed. Furthermore, they should allow users to easily report such information to the website when they come across it.
3. Strict & Vague Content Removal Policies
CheaterAndBastards.com does emphatically state they they will not remove posts unless they are proven by a competent authority to be false. Furthermore, they acknowledge they will entertain removal requests for the following content:
- Posts or photographs of minors,
- Nude photographs posted without the authorization of the person pictured,
- Content found to be in violation of the law by a Court of competent jurisdiction,
- Content violating intellectual property rights (and not subject to the fair use exemption), and
- Any other content deemed unacceptable by CheatersAndBastards.com
CheatersAndBastards.com actually provides some sort of recourse for online defamation victims and innocent persons who have been falsely accused online, as a healthy percentage of cheater reporting websites emphatically state they will not be removing posts under any circumstances (with some actually challenging lawyers to come after them).
Finally, cheater reporting website removal policies and terms and conditions can be vague, leaving an average person unaware of where to even start when seeking to remove libelous comments and false posts.
Ohio Defamation Law Fact: Note that Ohio courts will refrain from classifying a statement or publication as defamatory per se when the statement or publication in question is conveyed in a manner that an average person or listener would understand it to be only a rumor. Ohio expands the traditional notion of defamation per se to include any statements that open up a plaintiff to public hatred, ridicule, or contempt (on top of infamous punishment, injury to one’s business, and offensive or contagious diseases).
Controversy Surrounding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Controversy has long surrounded Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act since its inception. At the very heart of the controversy are two schools of thought; proponents of uninhibited free speech (to others’ detriment), and those who recognize certain limitations should be placed on content permanency and dissemination (often due to illegality).
Specifically, Section 230 of the CDA 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.”
Effectively, Section 230 creates a federal immunity to any cause of action that would otherwise avail an Internet service provider to liability for information posted and created by third-party users. This law has profoundly shaped today’s Internet defamation ecosystem, for good and bad. Unfortunately, there has yet to be a proper balance found between monitoring and removing objectionable online content and free speech.
Let’s take a look at some of the arguments set forth by Congress when drafting Section 230 of the CDA, and then at several arguments on the flipside of the coin.
- The Internet and other ISPs and interactive computer services provide platforms of true diversity, political discourse, and intellectual discussion and debate,
- The Internet and ISPs have thrives to the benefit of the general public with minimum government intervention and regulation,
- It’s in the best interests of the U.S. to preserve a competitive free market for ISPs and interactive services,
- It’s in the best interests of the U.S. to encourage development of technology and user control over the dissemination of information (and remove filtering and blocking technologies).
On the flip side of the coin, this free dissemination and unregulated ecosystem has caused a great deal of harm to individuals and companies. Let’s take a look at several fundamental issues with Section 230.
- Posting of illegal and otherwise offensive content,
- Slow removal times of illegal and offensive content,
- Individuals no longer being able to control their online narrative,
- Illegal and defamatory content remaining online (potentially forever),
- Extremely hard to prevent cyberbullying, online defamation, and other harassment.
Furthermore, today’s Internet landscape has changed drastically (and the law is over 20 years old). Notably, in 1996, there were roughly 78 million Internet users and 260,000 websites. By 2014, the Internet became home to over 3 billion users and 1 billion plus websites.
Should a line be drawn in the sand regarding the types of content which are allowed to permanently exist on the Internet? And, should we have a 20 year old Internet and technology law governing today’s online and Internet decency and regulation standards?
Internet Defamation Tip: When confronting Internet defamation and libel, it’s extremely important to preserve all relevant evidence, as it can be somewhat easy to hide content and material on the Internet. If you’ve been the victim of online defamation or false accusations, we recommend screenshotting the offensive material in question, and having a trusted friend or family member take supporting screenshots – doing so may help refute claims of evidence tampering by the opposing party.
Negative Effects of Online Defamation & False Posts on Cheater Shaming Websites
Online defamation doesn’t discriminate. Nor is it limited to just several consequences and negative effects. It’s important to stay proactive about your online reputation and presence, as libelous comments and false posts stand to affect not only your personal reputation, but your professional one as well.
In this section, we’re going to walk you through some of the most common consequences and negative effects associated with online defamation and false, libelous posts on cheater reporting/shaming websites.
|Personal Reputation||Professional Reputation|
|Humiliation, paranoia, and loneliness||General loss of business and customers|
|Depression, anxiety, and other physical symptoms||Denial of employment opportunities or promotions|
|Severed or strained relationships with friends, family, and other loved ones||Loss of partnerships, advertising, and sponsorships|
|Being ostracized and cast out of one’s community||Heightened criticism from the community and media|
|Fear for one’s safety and other privacy concerns||Having to close your business or company for good|
Still don’t believe us that online defamation and false accusations stand to ruin your personal and professional life? Check out this article posted on Gizmodo, which details a case where a woman was posted about on a popular cheater shaming website called “She’s A Homewrecker” by another woman.
The post was completely fabricated and made its way to a local Facebook page, and sent it to her husband. It was subsequently spread and disseminated across a plethora of other cheater shaming and scam reporting websites, such as BadBizReport.is, and was viewed over 95,000 times. The story was also the top search on Google for her name.
On top of that, as a well-respected real-estate agent in her area, her listings began to drop, and clients dwindled. She estimated she had lost about USD $200,000 in business since the posting. The crazy part? The malicious and fabricated post was made by a complete stranger, who had only been offended by a comment the victim had made on a Facebook page about a news article.
Defamation Removal Tip: Set up a Google Alerts account to receive notifications anytime your name or certain keywords are mentioned online. Staying proactive about your online reputation and presence is extremely important, as the advancement of the Internet has enabled information and defamation to spread at unprecedented levels. It’s important to put the fire out before it spreads, and potentially causes irreparable damage to your personal and professional life!
Contact the Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law to Discuss Your Guaranteed Removal!
If you want malicious and false content and posts removed from CheatersAndBastards.com, contact the defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law today to discuss your guaranteed removal. And, we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
In our tenure as experienced online defamation and Internet lawyers, we’ve secured the effective and permanent removal of over 25,000 pieces of content and websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and support a nearly 100% defamation takedown rate (for websites not guaranteed on Our Services page). We’ve worked tirelessly with countless online content managers, website administrators, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and seamless removals of unwanted and false content, so rest assured when working with us, you’re in good hands.
Here’s what you can expect when working with the Cleveland-based lawyers of Minc Law:
- Respect & Courtesy: Online defamation and libel is extremely invasive and overwhelming, so know that we’re here to make the removal process smooth and painless. After all, your goals are our goals, so know that the defamation lawyers of Minc Law are always on your side!
- Open Lines of Communication & Dialogue: Some defamation and Internet removal attorneys will go missing once the removal process has begun. Not Minc Law. We understand how important it is to stay informed, so rest assured we’ll be updating you with all important details surrounding your case and removal!
- Websites Respond to Minc Law: That’s right, websites and businesses respond to the Internet defamation lawyers of Minc Law. And, we have the results to back it up. As noted above, in our tenure, we’ve secured the removal of over 25,000 pieces of libelous and false content (and websites). We know the ins and outs of United States defamation and libel law, so know that we’re always looking to find the best solution to fit your situation.
To schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation (and discuss your guaranteed removal from CheatersAndBastards.com), contact the Internet defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law by calling us at (216) 373-7706, or by filling out our contact form online.