More than the question, can you be sued for anonymous comments on the internet, the appropriate one is should you be sued for anonymous comments on the internet. It is not a technical impossibility to find an anonymous person on the internet, especially when you can track him or her down through their IP addresses and other social media connections. The problem is not about their anonymity about more so about their freedom of expression.
Many court cases have been launched in the past and are still going on for just this reason where an internet user wants to sue another for their comments posted anonymously. There is a recent court case which is trying to get details of an anonymous commenter on the internet through a subpoena. This practically makes the option of being anonymous online useless if you can get subpoenaed like this. Many users take the liberty in the incorrect way as has always been the case.
The poor attitude is nothing new as online users do go on saying things that they don’t even understand and deliberately abusing others. All because they know they are protected behind anonymity. Just to curb such internet trolls, efforts are being made to make them answerable for their online conduct. It is true that users are more expressive when they can hide behind anonymity, but this option has also led to some abusive conduct.
The politician, Tina Jacobson from Idaho, recently sued an anonymous commenter for $10,000 in damages. In cases where such misbehavior has happened, anonymity should not be maintained, but having this option is a privilege we all would like to have, not to abuse, but to practice our own right of privacy.
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