Two former Yale University Law students have settled a lawsuit against a group of people who they say threatened and bullied them anonymously online. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
The comments were posted on a website called Auto Admit, which bills itself as “the most prestigious law school discussion board in the world”. The women were the subject of derogatory and sexually explicit insults – including statements saying that they deserved to be raped, that they’d bribed admissions officers to get into Yale Law School, and more. The defamatory comments were posted anonymously. One woman said she lost a legal internship because of the attacks.
The case focused national attention on internet accountability. Certain online communication services like Auto Admit and Google cannot be held legally responsible for what their users post online, because they deliver information, but don’t produce it. Lawyers for the women identified about two dozen people who’d posted the offensive material. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.