Abusive Comments on Techdirt
This blog post contains SOME examples of the abusive and defamatory comments on Techdirt.com. I had asked the owner, Mike Masnick and the author of the posts ridiculing me to at least remove the comments falsely stating that I am a criminal:
Negative comments about Masnick, Techdirt or other ‘insiders’ are either not published or ‘hidden’:
Techdirt has a history of ‘amusing’ themselves with a ‘mob rule’ approach to blogging: Masnick writes a post that ridicule those who stand up for their rights in the digital age and the (mostly regular) commentators further ridicule and/or defame the subject of the post. Techdirt was the only blog that I could find that published the name of a revenge porn victim in New York City who took legal action because she has an extremely unusual name. Of course they justified the post and feigned horror at the ‘injustice’ of revenge porn. But they still published her name!
This is not an expression of free speech. It is a cruel tabloid or gutter press level attempt to get some ‘jollies’ and the expense of a victim. This practice of writing that includes referring to people in derogatory and defamatory terms recently resulted in a $15 million dollar lawsuit against Techdirt filed by Dr Shiva Ayyadurai.
From the June 2015 when media on my forthcoming trial for defamation against Google, Techdirt regular commentators made it clear that I was going to be subjected to vitriol and ridicule.
In late 2015 I made a decision to not respond to the attacks and defamation on Techdirt.com. But they continued! These are some examples:
In 2017 the abuse and defamation on that website reached the stage of threats of physical harm and indictions that my Australian government records have been accessed. An Australian Techdirt supporter made is quite clear that my support of the plaintiff who is suing the website for USD$15 million was the basis for the attacks.
For several days, until the prompt response from the Australian Department of Health provided reassurance that it was an attempt by a Techdirt supporter to intimidate me, I was so terrified that slept in a locked room and was physically ill from stress. I did not believe the email sent to my blog denying the link with Techdirt after I publicly expressed concern about the intimidation and threats.
The Power of the Google Page Rank
So why does this matter? According to Alexa, like Ripoff Report, Techdirt.com has a high Google page rank. At the time of writing it is ranked in the top 10,000 websites globally and the top 13,000 in Australia:
Approximately 3% of Techdirt’s traffic is from Australia:
It was and is not the case that this content appeared on some obscure blog. The website’s high page rank means that their content always appears on page 1 of Google searches for my name. Because Techdirt has no assets outside of the US, like with Ripoff Report I am statute barred from taking legal action due to two laws: These are Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the 2010 Speech Act.
Techdirt has made it quite clear that they would not honour an Australian court order. In fact, they post Notices of Concern (required under The Defamation Act, South Australia, 2005 and similiar acts in other Australian states) and ridicule the sender. One person was informed by Masnick in the title to a post that he could ‘pound sand’.
So what options are available to aggrieved Australians? Techdirt is now hosted by a global corporation with assets in Australia so that might be an option.