Model wins court battle with Google over anonymous hate
She had graced the cover of Vogue and found success as a model. But Liskula Cohen’s latest achievement came in the courtroom.
Horrified by the hateful words of an anonymous blogger, Cohen took Google to court in hopes of forcing the company to reveal the writer’s identity — and won.
“Why should anybody let it go? If somebody attacks somebody on the street, you’re not going to let it go … why should I just ignore it?” Cohen told “Good Morning America” exclusively today. “I couldn’t find one reason to ignore it.”
Google initially refused to unmask the unidentified writer, who Cohen, 36, claimed defamed her by posting words like “skanky,” “ho”, and “whoring” below her photographs. The IP address turned over by Google revealed that the blogger was an acquaintance of Cohen’s.
Cohen said it was a woman she hadn’t seen in about a year, but who was a regular fixture at dinners and parties, but she was not, as Cohen had feared, someone who was close to her.
“Thank God it was her… she’s an irrelevant person in my life,” Cohen said. “She’s just somebody that, whenever I would go out to a restaurant, to a party in New York City … she was just that girl that was always there…”
There were two photographs posted on the blog that show Cohen and an unidentified man in sexually suggestive positions. The captions below described her as the “Skankiest in NYC” and a “psychotic, lying, whoring … skank.”
Anonymity brings out the worst in cowards.
It’s generally positive that so many in the cyberworld try to maintain utopian practices. But, folks, don’t kid yourselves. The creeps of the world climb aboard every accessible means of communication to distribute their own special flavor of filth and neurosis.