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Friday
Oct222010

Google Ordered to Name Anonymous Online Bullies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Internet bullies, listen up. If a New York court ruling is any indication, your cloak of anonymity may be more transparent than you think.

In August, Carla Franklin, a 34-year-old New York business consultant and Columbia Business School graduate, filed legal documents asking Google to identify people who posted unauthorized videos of her on YouTube and called her a "whore."

This week a Manhattan judge ordered Google, which owns YouTube, to turn over identity and contact information for the person or persons who posted the videos and insults online.

A Google spokesman declined to comment, saying that the company does not discuss individual cases. But Franklin said that the court ruling gives Google a couple of weeks to give her the IP (Internet protocol) addresses, e-mail addresses and other information of the users responsible for the harassment. Once she has that information, Franklin said she plans to work with an investigator to track down the person she thinks is behind the online bullying.

Assuming Franklin is able to identify them, she said she hasn't fully decided on her course of action, but knows that she'll file a restraining order.

Cyber harassment has "gotten out of control," she said, adding that she hopes her case makes it easier for others to hold Internet bullies responsible for their harm.

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