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Defamation lawsuit filed against anonymous Instagram account

There are a multitude of online sites that allow users in Ohio and elsewhere to create anonymous accounts. Using the protection provided by these sites, a person may post comments on a variety of topics without having to reveal his or her identity. Unfortunately, some may seek to take advantage of this protection. A man has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Instagram account named Diet Madison.

The man claims the incident began when the anonymous Instagram account released posts accusing him of sexual harassment in the workplace. According to reports, this account has targeted multiple individuals with similar claims over recent years. He asserts that although the allegations against him are false, his employment was terminated shortly after the posts were published.

The man has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the account, and claims that the posts failed to provide any proof to support these allegations or to identify any of the alleged victims. He asserts that despite being devoid of any evidence, the posts have caused him to experience substantial harm to his reputation. In addition to leading to his wrongful termination, he also claims the incident has also disrupted his ability to pursue future avenues of employment.

Protecting against the potential harm of defamation through online sources is a major concern for many. Unfortunately, the anonymity provided by certain sources could leave a person uncertain how best to handle the situation. When facing a similar circumstance, a person in Ohio could consult with an experienced attorney for guidance on the available options for legal recourse, as well as advice on how to safeguard against such attacks in the future.

Source: adage.com, "Instagram account Diet Madison Avenue sued for defamation", Megan Graham, May 24, 2018

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