People get away with SUCH lies

@boiboing (12881)
Northampton, England
January 13, 2016 11:51am CST
I have a friend in India who is a crime fiction writer. She's done pretty well and has a series of novels about a 16th century crime solving nobleman which sell very well. She's also an accomplished short story writer and has a blog about classic Indian cinema. Just that paragraph says more about her than a profile that just got published on a website which she was telling us about today. A guy she's NEVER met wrote several thousand words about her, most of them very badly put together and a lot of them total lies. He managed to imply that she got married because she was pregnant and claimed she had two children. She has never been pregnant and has no children. The profiler claimed she kept them out of the public eye - clearly also out of her own private eyes too. She's really ticked off about this as you can imagine. Quite how she could set the record straight is another issue. Personally I think she should have a laugh about how wrong the guy is and then ignore him.
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@andriaperry (58867)
• United States
13 Jan 16
As I well know, people are gonna be haters, especially of they become jealous of the accomplishments people have made.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Jan 16
He's not a hater. He's just a very lazy writer who couldn't be bothered to do proper research.
@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Jan 16
I would as well ignore him. There is nothing hurts than ignoring a person who was looking for attention that he does not deserve
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@trivia79 (7888)
• El Segundo, California
15 Jan 16
is the guy destroying the image of the woman?
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
15 Jan 16
No, he's not said anything damaging to her reputation. He just made up a lot of stuff that isn't true.
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@trivia79 (7888)
• El Segundo, California
16 Jan 16
@boiboing so what's the difference between damaging ones reputation and saying a lot of stuffs to others that are not true?
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
16 Jan 16
@trivia79 he invented 2 children that she doesn't have and said her books had all won awards which is also not true. But in neither case (or with any of the other untruths) are these things going to harm her reputation.
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• United States
13 Jan 16
@boiboing that's terrible. Your writing this off as just laziness? Why would someone post something so clearly false? It almost seems deliberate.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Jan 16
It seems like the guy has a site that is stuffed full of semi fictional profiles. In my friend's case she has to decide whether he's worth the effort of a lawyer's letter. I don't think he is malicious, just rather stupid.
• United States
13 Jan 16
@boiboing it doesn't seem right to make up and post profiles about people. Whether it's worth the effort of a lawyer's letter that I do not know.
14 Jan 16
Could he possible have muddled her up with someone else? Did some research but didn't check he was researching the correct person. It seems odd that someone would go to the effort of making up lies that can be proven to be untrue.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Jan 16
No, I don't think so. Her name is very unusual.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
13 Jan 16
Sometimes ignoring is better than a public argument. What an idiot!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Jan 16
Yeah, not easy to do but probably the best route.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 Jan 16
there are trolls on the net, best one can do is block and try their best not to feed them
@Raine38 (9195)
• United States
13 Jan 16
Haters gonna hate! And that's true. There is no winning against them because they only believe one thing - whatever they want to believe. Your friend will be far off better ignoring him. She can concentrate and channel her time and energy into honing and doing some more writing rather than going down the level of that hater.
@Mike197602 (13895)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 16
Sue him for libel or send one of those cease and desist lawyers letters and get him to take it down or tell the truth.
@amnabas (10312)
• Karachi, Pakistan
13 Jan 16
That's her strategy might be to get the benefits behind that.