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Reveal yourself, blogger
A court in the US has ordered Google to reveal the identity of a blogger, after a model who was criticized on the blog decided to fight for her rights.
August 20, 2009 2:34 by kippreport
Liskula Cohen, a model who has featured on the cover of Vogue, was described as being among “the Skankiest in NYC” by an anonymous blogger on Google. Cohen went to court to find out the identity of the blogger, and although Google initially refused to disclose the details, the court has now ruled that the blogger’s name must be revealed.
The judge refused the blogger’s claim that the writing consisted of “personal opinions, including invective and ranting,” rather than accurate claims.
“Why should anybody let it go? If somebody attacks somebody on the street, you’re not going to let it go … why should I just ignore it?” Cohen told ABC News. “I couldn’t find one reason to ignore it.”
Do you agree with the court ruling in this case? Should people stop using blogs to criticize others? Or was the blogger’s comment defamatory in this case?
Will court decisions like this affect the future of blogging? Will you think twice before ranting on your blog now?