hate crimes and comments
In this particular case a post from 2004 about the Life of Brian being re-released brought forth a comment...
"I just kicked the shit out of a [derogatory term for a minority] after i followed him outside [Cork nightclub] on [day of the week] night"
Sorry about the censoring, but I have my reasons, which will become apparent below.
So what do you do when someone admits to committing a crime on your blog?
I took it down as soon as I saw it.
The next question is, what do you do next...
Well wither this assault is fictional or real. Worst case... its real.
If its real and I don't report it... am I liable?
Well, since it concerns a minority, there is a chance that an incident such as this would have crossed the desk of the Garda liaison for that minority... so I checked, and there was one.
I've dropped the details I have off (approximate time, place and minority concerned) and I'm leaving the investigations in the hands of the authorities.
Lets assume it is a real event, what is traceable?
Blogspot (or Google) have probably recorded the incoming IP address and time of the comment being recorded. This means that the commenter could be traced back to his (I think it's a safe assumption that an assault described above is more likely to be bragged about by a man than a woman) IP address assigned at the time of the post.
This IP address may belong to a household, public place or a company.
In most cases It should be possible to figure out who posted it...
However it all depends on if the assault took place.
What should I have done, and should I have done something different?
tags : blogs, blogging, crime, assault, hate crime, comments