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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    But how would you do it? Most of these sites do not require an e-mail address let alone someone real identification? How would you know who posted it? For example (I would never do this but have seen it done), if someone created a brand new e-mail and account on preg.org and then said mean or untrue things about someone else, the worst that could happen is that your account would be deactivated. I would not expect to sue someone else on here because they said something mean about me. I do not even see how or why you could?
    Like in the case EW was saying. I see that as a really good point, especially since we hear of so many issues with teachers and character judgment. It would at least create a really horrible and embarrassing work environment for a teacher. The teacher may have to resign just out of that created environment, putting her life in such difficulty. There would be other professions where a person's character is expected to be cleaner than some others.

    Saying mean things is ok legally I think to some degree, meaning not to some extent that it's bullying or something like this. But saying untrue things is not ok because it can cost someone quite a lot besides just hurt feelings.

    People can express all over the internet or in person as much as they want. (doesn't mean it's good to hurt others but people have their right to some extent). But whatever they say should be true. If any harm comes as a result of that untrue expression, I do think some consequences should be available, like suing or pressing charges.
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    A lawyer could contact the web page owner, get the IP address of the user name and password and find out who it was registered to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    But how would you do it? Most of these sites do not require an e-mail address let alone someone real identification? How would you know who posted it? For example (I would never do this but have seen it done), if someone created a brand new e-mail and account on preg.org and then said mean or untrue things about someone else, the worst that could happen is that your account would be deactivated. I would not expect to sue someone else on here because they said something mean about me. I do not even see how or why you could?
    First of all, IP addresses can always be traced to the source computer. So, if what you say from a fake account is really slanderous (whether you meant it or not) it is easy to track those posts back to the source. A HUGE part of making a case for slander or libel is being able to task the defendant (the person making the statement) with proving that what they stated, either in writing or verbally, they knew to be true. That is really big. If you read something off the internet, i.e. Justin B...... had a sex change operation, and then either in writing or verbally repeated it to someone else, then you would have a legitimate defence. If you just decide to get on the internet and say, with no other kind of backup ``Yeah, well JB is a (insert your own gay slam)....and he`s gay for sure` then that could end you up in some hot water.

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