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In an online world where people can post derogatory, vindictive and
misleading comments and then duck behind aliases, one Vance County
man is challenging whether web forum moderators can be forced to
reveal identities of those posters.
Thomas S. Hester Jr., a former Vance County commissioner seeking
election again, filed suit earlier this year complaining that commenters
under such aliases as "Fatboy," "Pearl," "The Real Deal" and "Ziggy"
made defamatory comments about him on a real estate website.
The case represents one man's quest to rid the Internet of disparaging
posts about his rental properties. But it touches on broad issues of
how much anonymity the Internet provides and whether you can
really ever know the identity of the person at the keyboard.
Originally posted by TheAssociate
Look at it this way: the owners of a website can't give out info they don't have. Just don't use your real credentials anywhere and they'll be nothing to hand over to the authorities.
Originally posted by pryingopen3rdeye
sorry to tell you buddy but they do have it, owners of websites you visit have your ip address and that means your home address and name to the police.