Legal Cases Involving Anonymous Online Comments

examples of legal cases involving anonymous online commentsLet’s talk about two legal cases involving anonymous online comments. The first involves a workplace situation; the second an online stalking situation.

Legal Cases Involving Anonymous Online Comments: Employee Fired For Posting Political Punditry On “The Clock”

This online commenting lawsuit involves a New York State employee, whom we’ll call “Brad.” Brad used the pseudonym Sophia Walker to comment online.

One day, at work, Brad hopped online and typed a defense of a political party member. And guess what? Brad got the boot for his political punditry. Why!? Free speech! Because he posted on the clock, on a *company computer.*

Most workplaces have specific rules about acceptable Internet conduct. So, when HR hands you that giant package, read it! The company’s Internet law policies are probably in that packet.

Legal Cases Involving Anonymous Online Comments: Woman Files For Restraining Order Against Alleged Online Stalker

Here’s another story about an anonymous online comment that led to legal action.

For years, a woman (whom we’ll call “Kenya”) had a stalker who built shrines in her honor. Kenya decided to take action and secured a court order compelling Google to reveal identifying information about the harasser. The order also led to a temporary restraining order. Now, she’s suing him.

A win for Kenya in this case could be significant, in terms of online stalking legal precedence.

If you run into trouble with your employer over an Internet law issue, or you are looking to get a temporary restraining order, get in touch. Kelly / Warner has considerable experience with legal cases involving anonymous online comments. Get in touch today to learn your legal options.

Source – NYT

Source – HuffPo

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