A New York woman has filed a petition in a Manhattan court asking Google and YouTube to reveal the name of the person who has been talking trash about her. Carla Franklin, former actress, model and Duke University graduate currently employed as a business consultant, has told the court that unauthorized video clips posted to YouTube, and comments impugning her morality, have caused her personal humiliation and damaged her business reputation.
According to The Associated Press, there are an increasing number of cases involving people and businesses attempting to force online entities to reveal the identify of persons making defamatory comments about them. Last year, in a case similar to this one, a Manhattan court ruled in favor of a Vogue model named Liskula Cohen who sought the identity of a blogger who'd made statements attacking her morality and personal hygiene.
Franklin's lawyer told the New York Post "People feel bolder and bolder that they can say whatever they want when they post things with anonymity, but there can be consequences if you say something defamatory."
Do you think entities like Google should protect your personal identify or have you given up your right to privacy when you slander or libel someone else?