TagTheSponsor.com is a popular Website featuring user-generated content highlighting (mostly) women on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms that offer time and companionship — online and offline — to men for money or other compensation. If you or someone you know is a victim of a post featuring your personal information on TagTheSponsor.com, there are several options for removal.
It is possible to remove a post from TagTheSponsor.com, but it is not easy. You can contact the website directly through their contact email, submit a DMCA notice, or contact an online reputation management company or attorney for assistance.
What is TagTheSponsor.com?
TagTheSponsor.com highlights models and other young women who are seeking to support an extravagant lifestyle of travel, fine dining, and luxury goods by seeking out men who are willing to pay for their time or companionship. However, TagTheSponsor.com is not a 21st-century matchmaking service, connecting Sugar Daddies (or Sponsors) with Sugar Babies (or Sponsorettes), nor is it a high-priced escort service. TagTheSponsor.com is a highly-sophisticated complaint site where anonymous posters can submit unverified accusations of fraud and unfounded allegations that they have been scammed by Sponsorettes.
Anyone can submit a post and add real pictures of people, along with their full names and location. Since the site does not review the truth or veracity of any of the claims made by the anonymous posters, there is no way of knowing if the accusations are true or an elaborate fabrication.
Anyone who is mentioned on this Website risks serious damage to their personal reputation.
What is Online Defamation / Cyber Libel?
Online defamation or cyber libel defamation is when someone makes a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone’s reputation and published “with fault,” as a result of negligence or malice.
False statements on TagTheSponsor.com can destroy opportunities for someone looking for a job, applying for college or graduate school, or looking for a meaningful relationship.
Even if the information posted about someone on TagTheSponsor.com is not true, online readers do not have any way of discovering the truth and the damage to an individual’s reputation is not easily undone.
Why is it Difficult to Remove Content from TagTheSponsor.com?
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA), broadly protects online service providers like TagTheSponsor.com from liability for transmitting or taking down user-generated content. If TagTheSponsor.com “passively displays content that is created entirely by third parties,” Section 230 immunity will apply; but if the Website is the author of the offensive content, it may be subject to liability. Because of section 230, TagTheSponsor.com likely has no legal liability for the acts and statements of its users, and it will be very difficult to bring a lawsuit against TagTheSponsor.com alleging online defamation or cyber libel
You may first need to bring a lawsuit against the individual who posted the content, which may be difficult because some people post anonymously. If you are successful in unmasking the individual who posted the defamatory content, you may be able to present the court order to the Website (or its hosting company) and compel the removal of the content.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has helped enable the growth of online content. Without Section 230, it is unlikely that there would be Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter. The risk of legal liability for the content posted by others would certainly outweigh any financial reward. However, an unfortunate outcome of Section 230 is that a website like TagTheSponsor.com can enable malicious gossip and cyberbullying.
Fair Use is a completely different legal concept that tries to balance the competing interests of creators of content and those that use that content. For example, when you post a short video of you dancing to “YMCA” by the Village People, you are conceivably infringing on the copyright interest of the Village People. While you cannot sell a video of your awkward dance, and you cannot claim that you wrote or produced the song playing in the background, you are protected from liability for copyright infringement by the doctrine of fair use.
In determining whether a particular use is “fair use” courts will consider:
- the purpose and character of your use
- the nature of the copyrighted work
- the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market.
The nature of the copyrighted work is taken into consideration when determining Fair Use of copyright content on TagTheSponsor.com. Content used for creative reasons and artistic expression is usually permissible as Fair Use, but simply posting a picture without permission may not be permitted.
How to Use DMCA to Remove Copyright Content from TagTheSponsor.com
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice and takedown process is a tool for copyright holders to get content uploaded by others that infringes on their own copyright interests taken down off of websites like TagTheSponsor.com. The process involves the copyright owner (or the owner’s agent) submitting a takedown notice to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Website owner requesting the removal of material that is infringing their copyright.
You will have to send the DMCA takedown notice to a designated agent, who will be responsible for removing the content. Most Internet Service Providers have designated an agent to receive notifications. Use the DMCA Designated Agent Directory to find out all the information you are required to include in a DMCA takedown notification.
How to Remove a Post on TagTheSponsor.com
It is very difficult to remove a post from TagTheSponsor.com. The Website does provide a contact email, but no additional details about policies and procedures for removal.
In order to remove copyrighted content from TagTheSponsor.com, you can submit a DMCA notification to the Website or obtain a court order to compel the removal of the offensive content. It is important to remember that some posts may take longer to remove than others.
To ensure fast removal of posts or images that appear on TagTheSponsor.com, many people will hire an online reputation management service.