Google has been ordered to release the names of three online commenters by the Manhattan Supreme Court. According to the New York Daily News, former model turned business woman with degrees from Duke and Columbia, Carla Franklin, sued Google for the real names of “JoeBoomoo8,” “JimmyJeanoo8,” “greyspectoro9.”
Why you ask? Because the owner/owners of those handles decided it was acceptable behavior to leave comments on her YouTube channel calling her a “whore.” Anonymously, of course, because that is what these cowards do.
There are those droning on and on about the freedom of anonymity and violation of their rights to speak freely. Actually, they are free as a ticket to a Buffalo Bills game to speak. These cowards need only to identify themselves when they do. That way, when the courts decide to start prosecuting cyber bullies, they can be pushed to the front of the list.
I am all for you disagreeing with me. You don’t need to like me. I am fully aware that when I put something in print, I open myself up to ridicule and name calling. Bring it on. However, if you do, make sure you include your name and a way to reach you. When I respond, I like to use first names.
What are your thoughts? Should Google be forced to turn over the name of this “whore” calling jackass? Or do you believe it violates privacy laws? Should we be able to say whatever we want and hide behind the curtain like that tiny little coward Oz? How would you feel if your child was being bullied online by someone anonymous? Would you change your tune?