Internet Anonymity at its Worst

Liskula Cohen's modeled for Versace and Armani and landed international Vogue covers, but recently she's made less fashionable headlines. Last year, a
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Liskula Cohen's modeled for Versace and Armani and landed international Vogue covers, but recently she's made less fashionable headlines. Last year, a

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Liskula Cohen's modeled for Versace and Armani and landed international Vogue covers, but recently she's made less fashionable headlines. Last year, a doorman smashed her over the head with a vodka bottle and this year she's sued Google to reveal the identity of an especially cruel blogger. The both tragic and anonymous person used Google's blogger.com platform to unleash constant rants about the blond's imagined sexual habits, but argued in court that the words were, "non-actionable opinion and/or hyperbole." Many thought Cohen wouldn't win - after all half of the internet is anonymous - but today a judge ruled that Google must identify the blogger, which means Cohen can officially take that person to court. And where would that court case lead? The anonymous blogger's lawyer put it best: "The floodgates would be opened if you tried to regulate these very broad, common insults and invective on the Internet. You can be really, really mean to people -- you just can't lie about a set of facts that are provable as lies, and that you knew or recklessly disregarded the truth of."

Not that we'd ever have time, or the energy, to sue half the people who use our comments section as their own personal punching bag, but we admit we'd love to put a face to their bitching. Will she win the case? Maybe not. But here's hoping she'll scare at least a few people to think twice before unleashing their anonymous vitriol.