A former model who sued Google to reveal the identity of nasty YouTube commenters has won. Anonymous internet is on its way out. You can't call someone a whore on youtube any more without potentially being caught.
Carla Franklin, a former model and Columbia Business School grad, sued Google this summer and demanded the company reveal the identity of three YouTube commenters—"JoeBoomo8," "jimmyJeanoo8," and "greyspector09"—who were saying "malicious and untrue" things about her: They called her a "whore," and posted unauthorized video clips from an independent film Franklin acted in.
Franklin's lawyer told the Post, " Franklin has released a statement through the advocacy group FreeSpeechv3.org. She says her case is about an ongoing battle with a cyberstalker, not an attempt to stifle free speech:
I have been dealing with ongoing obsessive and harassing behavior since 2006. Despite ignoring phone calls, e-mails, changing my number, trying to be nice, and hoping that the obsessive behavior would stop, the behavior continued over a four-year period. Last year, things escalated online. An anonymous YouTube account was created to make a YouTube channel or "shrine" dedicated to me, using video clips of me talking to a friend. The personal information that was included and the obsessive, "shrine-like" nature of this You-Tube channel scared me. Several weeks after the YouTube "shrine" was removed, another anonymous YouTube account was created and used to comment on video clips of me created by Columbia Business School. The comment left on the clips was "whore."
I am asking Google, Inc. for information about the person who is harassing me online because I believe it is equally as dangerous as the harassment that has occurred in person, and if I pursue legal remedies I don't want anonymous online activities to be excluded from this person's damaging pattern of behavior.