A California couple has filed a federal lawsuit against Cheaterville, a popular website that allows spurned lovers to upload pictures and name their two-timing partners, after the husband was posted on the site and labeled "Gay, Married, and Looking for Sex on Craigslist."
Jared Powers of Sacramento did an online search for himself on Google last December and was appalled to see on Cheaterville.com photos of himself with a post graphically detailing his supposed trysts.
"Shocked, angry, betrayed," Powers told News 10 ABC of his first reaction to seeing himself on the site.
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Powers showed his wife Winona who recognized the photos as ones from her personal Facebook page.
"I'm so upset. I start shaking," Winona Powers told News 10. "We are very private people, and we have an honorable marriage."
The Powerses immediately contacted Cheaterville and requested that the post be deleted from the site.
"They replied and said we could make a comment if it's not true," Winona Powers told News 10. "That was irritating. I was upset. The fact they just wanted to toy with us."
Cheaterville also told them they would have to pay $200 and go through a third-party arbitration service in order for the posting to be removed.
Jared Powers decided to file a federal lawsuit against the author(s) of the post and subpoena Cheaterville to unveil the identity, which the site has agreed to do.
Marc Randazza, the website's attorney, dismissed Powers' claim as nothing but a publicity stunt and extortion attempt.
"These are claims that nobody has seen since mid-January, and nobody remembers — but they will obtain far more notoriety, credence, and permanence as part of a federal lawsuit than they ever could on Cheaterville," Randazza told News 10.
Websites and apps that help track unfaithful spouses are on the rise, but they also raise privacy concerns.
A Brazilian smartphone app called "Boyfriend Tracker"
was banned from the Google Play app store last week after users complained that it could potentially be used to stalk.
Boyfriend Tracker functions include sending the person doing the tracking updates on their partner's location and forwarding duplicates of text message traffic from the targeted phone. There is even a command that allows a user to force the target phone to silently call their own, like a pocket dial, so they can listen in on what the person is saying.
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