Can we just ignore false accusations threatening legal action?

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  • #905606

    Feministphilosophers.wordpress.are receiving hostile demands threatening legal action from “Ashies Banana”, that say we are mobbing her/him. We have no record of any reference or use of this name. We are not really worried, but we want to notify people in case this is some sort of mischief against the site.

    We’ve received 6 letter over the last day.
    Blog url: http://annejjacobson.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is annejjacobson.wordpress.com.

    #905738

    timethief
    Member

    Here are some links:
    http://en.wordpress.com/freedom-of-speech/
    http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/
    http://en.wordpress.com/complaints/

    We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers > http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step on that of course is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

    #905834

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you’re sure they’re false, you can do two things: you can ignore them, or you can take actual legal action against them for harassment. Call the police and see if they have a cyberbullying department that’s got help for you.

    #905857

    The blogger appears to be in Austria. The bloggers are mainly from England, the US and Canada.

    #905864

    raincoaster
    Member

    That doesn’t make any difference. All of those countries have laws against harassment.

    #905866

    Yes, but it is unclear what calling the police looks like in this case.

    #905867

    raincoaster
    Member

    Pick. Up. The. Phone. Call. Your. Local. Police. Non-Emergency. Number. Explain. Harassment.

    Seriously, that’s all you do. If you want to escalate things, call Austrian police. I’ve reported people several times and it has led to action, if only to flag their file in their home jurisdiction.

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