Misuse of Internet Websites

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
November 15, 2007 12:54pm CST
I was just watching one of the TV Judge shows this morning, and the case was about two women who were suing another woman for allegedly posting defamatory and derogative information and photos on a popular social networking site. This brought to mind just how often I see these kinds of cases on these shows. I had though of starting one of those pages myself, but I don't know how vulnerable it would make someone to being attacked. Don't they have guidelines to prevent this sort of thing? I don't understand why people would stoop so low as to publish this kind of trash about someone else.
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
15 Nov 07
You know, I really couldn't tell you on why it happens. I would think they do, now whether or not they get caught and something gets done about it is another story. I don't know if I had ever thought about it but it would be nice to obtain such a skill though. I think they do have guidelines, it's just a matter of how quick the social network is going to react to such a thing.
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@GardenGerty (101631)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Even if their intent is good, it is hard to enforce unless they have the support of their users.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Nov 07
That is the reason people are taking their cases to court, babostwick. They feel that they cannot get justice from the owners of the sites.
• United States
16 Nov 07
That's the unforunate part of it. Sometimes it has to be done that way. It's usually a last resort but I do understand why it does happen though. If only the owners of the sites would really monitor and pay close attention so stuff like this doesn't happen.
@GardenGerty (101631)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I think myLot and Gather, and Yuwie are about as public as I want to go. I have heard of these cases, too. Like even a realestate person getting sabotaged in this way, because someone did not like the outcome of their deal. I do some chats, and I probably tell more on here than some people do. I do not think I have any serious enemies, so I probably am safe.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I really don't know that many people on or off the internet, GG, but I will limit my sites also. People are doing vicious things to people they don't even know.
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• United States
18 Mar 08
I agree that one has to decide just how public they want to go with their personal information. I have a myspace account and haven't received any nasty threats or defamation, but I really pick and choose what I put up there and who I invite as friends. Most of my friends there are people I know in real life or artists I admire and respect.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Yeah, unfortunately if you read the guidelines some of them make you wonder how they sleep at night. I they're right, it is all about the money. And the more people that go on and look at it the more they make. So if they start blocking such negatives people will just join a different site.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Nov 07
You would think that with all of the policing being done in our everyday lives, they should be able to police these sites better. But it wouldn't be p/c if they were to trample on someone's rights.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
16 Nov 07
For the same reason that someone would say bad things about someone else. Its just electronic gossiping.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Mar 08
No matter what name is applied to it, Aurone, it is just as ugly.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Indeed.
16 Nov 07
I was being stalked by some guy on facebook. I had accepted him as a friend because he had been a member of a group I was in and was a fan of something I like. I didn't think anything about it until I started getting weird messages from him. I blocked him straight away. But then he started messaging people on my friend list, and made a group calling me crazy. I wanted to speak to a person at facebook rather than just an automated email.. but what do you know? There AREN'T any phone numbers for facebook out there! At least with Yahoo you can call them.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Mar 08
It should serve as a lesson to us all, mugglegirl, to beware of how much of our personal information we allow on the internet. I am thinking of switching my IM because I am receiving some obscene messages.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
The internet is free for anyone to roam. It is difficult to place sanctions because it spans many nations with different laws. I heard in china though they ban a lot of sites. Some of these sites are not even bad. I've had stuff put up about me on the internet. It was true but very personal and private. I will not trust anyone anymore. Once something is on a digital medium its out there.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Nov 07
Yes, Monkeyrose, I now understand why some people will have nothing to do with the internet. There is always the potential to be targeted whether it is through email or a website.
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16 Nov 07
You are absolutely right. The social networking sites are for different community people to come together and act as one group. The obscense must be prohibited. One should not publish anything rubbish abt the other.
@cblackink (969)
• United States
18 Mar 08
There really isn't any way on most social networks to stop that kind of thing unless you set your profile to private, which means that only your invited friends can see your profile or send a message, at least that's the way it works on myspace. If you want everybody to be able to see your profile and send messages, then you're fair game. I just don't get people wanting to air their dirty laundry in public, especially on the internet, where the public is the whole world.