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TheDirty.comis an online gossip and tabloid-style website that encourages user-generated content to publicize the inappropriate or “dirty” behavior of famous (and not-so-famous) individuals.

Whether looking for a job, selling a product, applying for school, meeting a client, or looking for a date, a post on can devastate your reputation.

Before you try to remove a post from The Dirty, it is important to understand that all websites are different, and every website has a unique Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions that govern the use of the site.

What is

Nik Richie (born Hooman Karamian) started in 2007 when it was known as DirtyScottsdale.

It is a popular tabloid website where anyone can post news, gossip, accusations, photos, videos, or text about someone else.

It is common for anonymous posters to mention real names and real locations, and the site is a magnet for angry spouses, jilted boyfriends and girlfriends, jealous coworkers, and frustrated business competitors. has played a role in some of the most infamous Internet takedowns of the past decade.

The Dirty broke the story that New York Congressman Anthony Weiner continued to send sexually explicit messages to other women after resigning from Congress in 2011.

The Dirty is also widely believed to have been the first outlet to publish the news story that Ashton Kutcher cheated on Demi Moore in September 2011. Sports celebrities also found their reputations tarnished by this toxic tabloid. NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s DUI arrest in 2008 was reported first by The Dirty — long before the national news media took notice.

The Dirty is open and transparent about its mission: "The published content contains rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions, and factual information. Postings may contain erroneous or inaccurate information. All images are credited to their original location. The owner of this site does not ensure the accuracy of any content presented on”

Although many posts claim to be accurate, the claims are difficult to verify, and some are so outlandish that they are almost certainly wildly exaggerated for dramatic effect. Some posts republish social media images without permission, and celebrities are not immune from hateful comments and vile, hurtful remarks. Visitors of the site can search by location to find “dirt” on anyone mentioned in a post, and some unlucky people are subjected to multiple posts by anonymous authors.

If you have become the victim of a post on, you are not alone; help is available.

What is Online Defamation / Cyber Libel?

Defamation is a false statement about someone, made to someone else, that results in some harm.

If a statement is true, it’s not defamatory. Opinions are protected speech — to be defamatory, and the content must be proven true or false.

On a Website like The Dirty, calling someone a “floozy” or a “bitch” may be offensive speech, but it is probably not defamation as a matter of law since how can it be proven true or false.

However, suppose a post states that someone has a sexually transmitted disease or is a convicted felon. In that case, it may, if untrue, qualify as defamation since one can provide medical or police records to prove (or disprove) the claim.

Another frequently confused area is the difference between libel and slander. Libel is an untrue, defamatory statement made in writing or online. Slander is an untrue, defamatory statement that is spoken orally — but would also include a statement made in a video or podcast.

All the time, people are creating false stories to hurt the reputation of others. This problem spreads far across the internet and is certainly not limited to content posted on Online defamation or cyber libel is widespread across the Internet.

Online defamation can happen to celebrities, politicians, religious leaders, companies, and anyone. Cyberbullying is just the newest form of harassment.

A Pew Research Center survey found that 41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online, and an even larger share (66%) has witnessed these behaviors directed at others.

Online defamation or cyber libel occurs when false and damaging statements are made about another individual via e-mail, message boards, blogs, chatrooms, or anywhere on the Internet.

Victims of online defamation can only take legal action if the information posted online is false, and there must be proof of damages. Truth is an absolute defense to a claim of online defamation — even when the content is damaging or hurtful.

Why is it Difficult to Remove Content from

There are several ways to remove a post from

You can allege a violation of copyright if you are the owner of an image posted on However, even if successful, the site must only remove the image — not the post.

Another option is to allege a policy violation. We explain both options in greater detail below.

Although requires users to enter their information to submit a post, such as their name, email address, mailing address, or phone number, this does not mean that they must give that information to someone who has become a victim of online defamation through the site.

You will have to take legal action to unmask someone who has posted negative content about you on

You will usually need to obtain a court order for removal to unmask an anonymous individual who has posted defamatory content on The Dirty and then remove a post from

In a typical case, you would sue an anonymous “John Doe” defendant and then subpoena their Internet service provider (“ISP”) to uncover their actual identity (usually full name and legal address). Once you have successfully “unmasked” the identity of the anonymous individual, you will proceed with legal action against the individual who posted the defamatory content. If you win your defamation case, you can submit the legal decision to with a removal request.

Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo will remove or deindex a page from its search results after receiving a court order.

Websites like have broad protection from liability under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. We will go into this further, but it means that is not responsible for what people say and post on the site, even if it is false. Although many posts on The Dirty include editorial notes that could conceivably open the door to liability, it is a very difficult case to prove. So far, The Dirty has successfully defended its rights to publish user-generated content.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 was initially enacted to protect Internet users, specifically minors, from being exposed to inappropriate content online. From the online reputation management perspective, the Act's most relevant section is Section 230.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was implemented to protect websites from legal liability for user-generated content.

Although this was an excellent win for website owners and online publishers, it has become a problem for anyone with the unfortunate experience of someone saying something or posting defamatory content online.

Many websites allow anonymous postings and take little action to remove content that is hateful or hurtful to others.

When someone posts content that is not true, or that harms someone else’s reputation, the host is not liable. In fact, in Jones v. Dirty World Entm’t Recordings LLC, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the CDA, interactive computer service providers (like are immune against liability for unlawful or illegal content provided by a third party unless they materially contribute to the unlawfulness of the content displayed on their websites.

As a result of this case, if you choose to sue The Dirty, you will most likely be unsuccessful.

Fair Use and

Fair use permits the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works – in accordance with Section 107 of the Copyright ActFair use is a complicated legal doctrine, and it can sometimes be challenging to determine whether it is permissible or not to use content to which you do not own the copyright.

It is easier to remove a post or image from if the person posting the content does not have permission. If you own the copyright to a photo and someone else uses the image without permission, you may be able to allege a copyright violation, but that is only the first step in the process. You must also convince the web publisher that using the image is prohibited, and some websites are more restrictive.

That is why you should be careful about what sites you choose to post pictures. Not all social media platforms protect your posted images.

However, most well-known social media sites have a good policy where it would be easy for someone to take an image.

For example, if someone took a picture from your Facebook page, downloaded it, and posted it with false information on, they violate Facebook Terms of Use, but you will still need to compel to remove the photo. An image posted publicly on social media may raise legitimate fair use questions.

How to Use DMCA to Remove Copyright Content from

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 was initially enacted to protect Internet users, specifically minors, from being exposed to inappropriate content online.

From the online reputation management perspective, the Act's most relevant section is Section 230.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted by Congress in 1998 to protect the rights of both copyright owners and consumers, primarily online and when dealing with user-generated content.

If someone has posted content on that is a copyright violation, instructions are available on the Website for submitting a DMCA takedown request.

You must submit certain information to in connection with your DMCA request.

The will require some personal information from you, such as:

  • Name 
  • Contact information – Address, Phone Number, Email Address 
  • Description of Copyrighted Work 
  • Location of infringement – URL address of the content stolen will also require the following to be included in the DMCA notice:

  • A statement saying that you did not authorize the use of the material 
  • An electronic signature 
  • A statement saying that the information you provided in this request is accurate and that you are the copyright owner gives further information on its copyright page about what should be included in your DMCA request.

The first tip includes a “clickable link to the post,” and the second tip is sending the request as a standard HTML email. You can send the request through the mail or FedEx if that is more convenient for you, but it will cause a delay in response and removal of the post. can deny the DMCA takedown request and leave the post on the site. Sending multiple removal requests could result in classification as spam and denying your removal request.

How to Remove a Post on

In many circumstances, to remove a post from, you will either need a court order or be able to demonstrate a policy violation. A policy violation is a failure to observe the terms and conditions for using the Website by the individual(s) who posted the content.

There are several examples of policy violations that could result in the removal of a post from

  • Child pornography
  • Revenge porn (that includes explicit nudity)
  • Images of minors under the age of 13
  • Personal financial information such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, etc.
  • To obtain a court order, you will likely need the services of an attorney. A court-ordered removal would require getting a legal judgment against the poster of defamatory content online and then presenting the court order to, which is hosting the defamatory content.

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What is Fair Use, and how does it apply to content?

Fair Use is a legal doctrine permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected content under specific conditions. To remove content from, alleging a copyright violation is easier if the person posting the content did not have permission to use it.

How can the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) be used to remove copyrighted content from

The DMCA provides a mechanism for copyright owners to request the removal of copyrighted material from websites like You must submit a DMCA takedown notice, including specific information about the copyrighted work and the location of the infringement.

How can I remove a post from if it violates the website's policies?

If a post on violates its policies, such as containing explicit content or personal information, you can report it. However, achieving removal often requires demonstrating a clear policy violation.

How can Reputation Rhino help with online reputation management and content removal?

Reputation Rhino has a team of experts in online reputation management. We can assist individuals and businesses in dealing with harmful content on, from legal actions to content removal requests. We offer guaranteed removal services and comprehensive online reputation strategies.

Is the content on verified for accuracy? openly states that its content may include rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions, and factual information. While some posts claim to be true, it can be challenging to verify their accuracy, and some are likely exaggerated for dramatic effect. Celebrities and individuals may also face hateful comments on the site.

What is, and why should I be concerned about it? is an online gossip and tabloid-style website where users can post content about individuals, often to publicize inappropriate or "dirty" behavior. You should be concerned about it because a post on can significantly damage your reputation, affecting various aspects of your life.


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