Someone posted personal info about me in the comments page

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  • #413598

    sandor00
    Member

    An internet stalker who I had dealt with before posted my real name, location and birthdate on the comment pages of two entries on someone’s wordpress.com account.

    I’ve had the same posts “unapproved” in the past by the mods, but the same exact posts are back up, so I don’t know if the journal owner is “reapproving” them.

    I asked support for help two days ago and once again today and I have yet to see a response or any action taken.

    #413695

    supportbot
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    #413696

    sandor00
    Member

    For the record, I’m not posting the wordpress entry in this forum, but if I will send the necessary information to a specific individual if need be.

    #413697

    tellyworth
    Staff

    There is no action for staff to take. Posting personal information is legal unless there’s a specific reason for it to be otherwise.

    If a crime has been committed please contact your local police immediately.

    #413698

    sandor00
    Member

    So posting private information about someone is allowed here?

    #413699

    tellyworth
    Staff

    On WordPress.com blogs? Generally yes, unless there’s a specific reason for it to be illegal, such as a threat of violence.

    #413700

    sandor00
    Member

    So the mods can’t just remove two comments? I actually have to get the police involved?

    #413701

    tellyworth
    Staff

    It’s up to the moderators of that blog.

    #413702

    sandor00
    Member

    Nice.

    Thanks for your help.

    #413716

    raincoaster
    Member

    Posting personal, public information about people is legal on every platform. If you are in the White Pages and/or have taken no extraordinary measures to protect your identity (unlisted number, name off mailbox, etc) then that information is considered public.

    #413717

    If you don’t want things to leak out about you on the web, stay off the web, and even then that is no guarantee. There are too many legal ways to get information about virtually anyone.

    #413723

    raincoaster
    Member

    Having dealt with multiple stalkers, I can confirm that.

    You always have the option of abandoning a pseudonym and picking up a new one. Once you tie a pseudonym to your real life identity, you no longer have that portability.

    #413749

    sandor00
    Member

    I’m aware of that. But at the moment, these wordpress entries are the *only* places on the internet with my real name posted in such a public manner. This is why it’s frustrating for me that people are just looking the other way. It’s not something that’s literally eveywhere–it’s contained to this one specific site. So just removing some comments, NOT the entire entries, would nip this in the bud and I wouldn’t have to worry about my privacy being violated.

    #413871

    raincoaster
    Member

    Legally, public information about you is not private. It’s not easy to live with, but it’s the law.

    #413881

    tellyworth
    Staff

    sandor00, posting someone’s real name is legal. If it weren’t, how would anyone write anything about anyone? The internet would shut down tomorrow.

    We’re not “looking the other way” – there’s nothing to look at.

    #413888

    Are these people threatening you personally or encouraging violence towards you? If so contact the police, else, you’ll just have to deal with it. I understand you don’t like it, but there is no law against it.

    #413917

    sandor00
    Member

    The last two times I reported it, the mods removed it. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to do that now since the same exact thing is happening again. I will get the police involved if I have to, but that would just make things more difficult for everyone and I’d rather not go through it. I don’t see why no one can’t just remove two anonymous comments from a wordpress entry.

    In addition, the other sites where this stalker did this to me all removed the posts in question and blocked the guy. And here, the response to cyberstalking is just “deal with it”.

    #413920

    Talk with the owners of those blogs. They can remove the comments if they so choose.

    #413921

    feartheseeds
    Member

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/someone-posted-personal-details-about-me-in-the-comments-section-of-a-blog?replies=4

    sandor00 filed a complaint last year to WordPress support, at the behest of WordPress Mark, about the same problem and apparently WordPress dealt with it… so she / he has a right to be confused as to why the same level of concern isn’t being shown this time around.

    The best thing to do, sandor00, is contact the blog owner and ask for their cooperation. Even with your personal information on a comment form there’s very little chance anyone searching for you would ever find their blog / site.

    #413922

    husdal
    Member

    I read the previous thread as well, but there is nothing in there to suggest that it was staff who removed the comments, unless the OP got a reply back from staff saying they did remove them. It could just as well have been the blog owner who removed the comments.

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