Tag Archives: Online Stalking

What Do I Do: International Stalker Is Defamaing Me Online & Won’t Stop!

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“Fatal Attraction” dramatized the pre-Internet perils of an obsessed ex-lover — and a recent case out of Vancouver crystallizes the dangers of a Digital Age stalker. A Canadian teacher is embroiled in a scary international stalking situation. His lover-turned-stalker is hiding from authorities in real life, but  is ever-present online — where she perpetually bad-mouths her former beau. The worst part: all the trash talk is costing him a job! Paradise Found Leads To International Stalking Situation In 2010, Canadian Lee David Clayworth was teaching in Malaysia. Back then, Clayworth ostensibly lived an exciting life. After all, teaching in the tropical paradise of Malaysia certainly seemed like the idyllic situation for an adventurous twenty-something. Heck, he even had a girlfriend in his adopted new country. But since impermanence is a universal fundamental, Clayworth’s romantic bliss didn’t last forever, and after ...
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Twitter Threats and The Law

Twitter and the Law
These days, Twitter threats are as commonplace as the Internet itself! And it’s an odd phenomenon too, since, unlike in most blog comment sections, many people use their real identities on the 140-character social networking platform. Perhaps Twitter’s frantic pace is to blame. After all, people do tend to tweet first and think later.  And that’s all fine and well, but as an Internet lawyer, let me remind you that threatening people on Twitter can land you in some legal trouble with the FBI – and who needs them banging down their door? Twitter Threats: Legal or Illegal? Here’s the deal: any credible threat made by one person to another is illegal. And all it takes to trigger an FBI investigation is the fear of the person being threatened. For example, let’s say you’re having a back-and-forth Twitter war with ...
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Florida Teen Accused Of Online Defamation For Karma

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Axiomatic is the notion that “what goes around comes around.” These day, it’s often called Karma — a belief that one gets what one deserves, with the universe acting as judge and jury. And apparently, as social media becomes less congenial, Karma is now considered a threat weapon. Allie Scott – a 16 year old junior at Osceola High School in Florida – discovered this harsh reality after being suspended from school over comments posted on her Facebook page. Scott is also being accused of online defamation. Florida Online Defamation Lawsuit: Karma Leads To Stalking Charges Allie Scott was charged with Stalking under section 784.048. of the Florida state statutes. Since Allie is a minor, certain details haven’t been released, but we can assume she most likely violated paragraph (1) sub-paragraph (c) which defines a “credible threat” as one that ...
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