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Sites uncover online dating web of lies

July 18, 2007

Beware of Gregory from Oakland. He is not single. Rather, he is married, and cheats on his wife Saturday nights before church, no less. Not only that, but "he dyes his hair and lies about his age," according to a post by his anonymous ex-girlfriend on Dontdatehimgirl.com...

Some men have pursued legal action, with no success.

"The soap box is not liable for what the speaker says," explains Kurt Opsahl, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, citing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Passed in 1996, it protects Web site owners from content posted by third parties.

The speaker, however, still remains liable. Even an anonymous defamer can be tracked down through his or her IP address, Opsahl says.

Monday, May 29, 2017
Contra Costa Times
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