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There are a number of websites that allow you to search for information about people, generally based on typing in their name and state of residence.

If they put the wrong information about a person online, then I assume they can be sued for defamation. I just wondered if they have some special tricks for getting away with posting wrongful information.

As an extreme example, consider the hard core criminal I asked about @ Determining a serial felon's status

While searching for information about him in such a website, I was led to a page that attached his record to someone with the same name. The irony is that the innocent person is a pastor. So we're talking about a pastor falsely accused of manslaughter, kidnapping, murder and child rape.

  • This would be regulated by state law, so please add a tag for the state that interests you. – Nate Eldredge Jun 8 '18 at 3:34
  • Usually defamation is defined to exclude honest mistakes. It requires at least that the statement was made negligently, and in some cases higher standards might apply (e.g. knowing that it was false). – Nate Eldredge Jun 8 '18 at 3:37

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