My online story of the week is, on the face of it, a weird one. An ex-vogue model is set to sue Google for some allegedly libellous remarks on a blog entitled “Skanks of NYC“.
The story has lit up the web and blogophere. In fact, The Metro (not a place for hard-core technology news) even ran it this morning.
In a nutshell, according to The Telegraph:
Liskula Cohen, 36, has filed a suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York seeking an order that would allow her to sue for defamation the anonymous contributor to a blog calling itself “Skanks in NYC”.
According to her court papers, the bloggers have “posted entries, including photographs, captions to the photographs and commentary solely about Liskula Cohen that describe her as a ‘skank’ and a ‘ho’”.
A blogger titled “Anonymous” said in one entry: “She’s a psychotic, lying, whoring…skank”. The blogger added that Cohen “may have been hot 10 years ago” but that “desperation seeps from her soul, if she even has one”.
Well, from a PR perspective, suing Google could end up being a bit of a back-fire for Ms Cohen. After all, if she’s suing them because she worried that exposure to the blog is ruining her chances of getting work, then millions more people will have seen it as a result of this activity.
Then again, publicity is publicity and I’m sure she’ll end up on a few chat show sofas as a result of it. It depends really whether she’s deeply offended by the content (and some of it is particularly personal and nasty) or is more concerned about her profile. Hmmm, I wonder.
Either way, if it does go to court, it could end up becoming a landmark case in libel resulting from blogging. More surprisingly, the site is still live – so if you want to see what all the fuss is about, have a look for yourself.
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