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Friday, January 24, 2014

This Year, Everyone Is Trying to Unmask Anonymous Commenters in Court

Posted by Paul Constant on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Juliet Linderman at NOLA.com says:

The attorney for former New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Director Stacey Jackson is seeking private information from NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune about two anonymous online commenters.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson granted a request Tuesday (Jan. 21) from Jackson, who faces federal corruption charges, to subpoena NOLA Media Group for information related to two specific online handles, "aircheck" and "jammer1954," including names, addresses and phone numbers.

This is the second time this month that anonymous commenters have been threatened with unmasking by court order. In Virginia, a court ruled that Yelp must reveal the identities of commenters who wrote negative reviews of a carpet-cleaning business on January 10th. We just need one more example and it's a trend piece!

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