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# 213862 16-Apr-2017 10:00
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While this story might be considered as funny for some, the court case and potential for law-changes make it more serious.

Mentioned in the article is criminalizing impersonation.

I could see how writing a new law would be well received by politicians, in particular unpopular politicians. But how do your protect parodies, such as political satire?

The article mentions the " Electronic Frontier Foundation", who I hold in good regard.

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"Over the past five months, Matthew Herrick says that 1,100 men have showed up at his home and workplace expecting to have sex with him. Herrick is suing Grindr, the popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, because of it.

According to the complaint, Herrick, 32, is the victim of an elaborate revenge scheme that's playing out on Grindr's platform. An ex-boyfriend of Herrick's, who he says he met on Grindr, has allegedly been creating fake accounts since October 2016. The accounts have Herrick's photos and personal details, including some falsehoods like a claim that that he's HIV positive.

The ex allegedly invites men to Herrick's apartment and the restaurant where he works. Sometimes as many as 16 strangers each day will show up looking for Herrick. In some instances, they are told not to be dissuaded if Herrick is resistant at first, 'as part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play.'

The case raises important questions in the social media age about impersonation, stalking and harassment.

'What are Grindr's legal responsibilities,' asks Aaron Mackey, a Frank Stanton legal fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 'And what are its corporate and ethical responsibilities to its users when it learns that its platform is being abused in this way?'

Mackey [of EFF] said the answers have big implications."

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  # 1764892 16-Apr-2017 10:40
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Surely the person who has organised this has already committed several offences?




I do agree that we have to be careful. Britain has introduced ridiculous hate crime laws that say that something is a hate crime if someone says it is! That sort of thinking leads only to trouble.


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  # 1764950 16-Apr-2017 11:46
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There will be multiple charges applicable. US police can request details from the service provider and proceed.

The article is more about the service provider's responsibility (or not) to respond to reports of abuse of the service.

It seems the service providers prefer to use safe harbour defense and wear the costs of an occasional settlement when that fails.


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  # 1764953 16-Apr-2017 12:00
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Anyone so inclined can already abuse modern communications technology in all kinds of ways to make others miserable. I don't think this case adds anything new, except for the titillating aspect and it certainly should not be the reason for any heavy-handed regulatory action in itself.



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  # 1764961 16-Apr-2017 12:31
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There's been similar cases where someone claims their ex partner was a cheat and goes out to public forums asking people to create adverts like this en masse on their behalf.

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  # 1764968 16-Apr-2017 12:49
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Britain introduced so-called 'revenge porn' laws a while back.


I can see that leading to problems as well - they'd have to be very careful proving the offending material was uploaded after the end of the relationship and without consent (which may have been freely given at the time). Since such sites may well be domiciled in iffy places and run by iffy people, I see that being a hard road to tread. Also, people could copy stuff off one site and upload it on others, I imagine. Seems like a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has long ago left the stable and is grazing contentedly in the next county!

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