Website Defamation of Character Smackdown

November 10th, 2011

Defamation of character on the internet became real for Sarah Jones, a high school English teacher and member of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad.  A defamatory post on www.thedirty.com indicated that she had sex with the entire Bengals football team.  A picture taken and posted on the thedirty.com was taken out of context for the purpose of attacking Ms. Jones’ reputation.  Her reputation as a school teacher was dramatically affected.  In the article just posted on Anderson Cooper’s website (Bengals Cheerleader Confronts Website Owner for Defamation of Character), there’s an interesting discussion of the history of this now well-known case as well as a video wherein Jones confronts the owner of the website thedirty.com who claimed Section 230 Immunity from liability.