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MPW_Fanboy

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Ever heard of defamation?
If the club took people to court due to defamatory comments made on the internet about the club or a player, than they’d be in court hundreds of times per week. Journalist make a living out of making up or adding fuel to rumours. The club isn’t going to go on a witch hunt on an unofficial fan forum picking out blokes who may or may not be talking dribble about the club.

I think people completely over estimate the power of a football club.
 

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As an example, if someone was to make accusation about players engaging in illegal activity which proves to be unsubstantiated, then a court order to close the site down would be the easiest thing in the world.... I dare say it wouldn't even get to that point, a short sharp letter from a legal firm on the threat of legal action would see it close as I'm sure owners of this site aren't going to pony up for a legal battle.

A less extreme example would be the club itself contacting admins to sort the site out or close it down just because of the annoyance factor. They may have no legal argument and the site could therefore continue to run unchallenged, but then what would be the point of a fan-website where the club which is the focal point of said fandom doesn't want it operating. Kinda becomes an anti-cowboys site at that point wouldn't you agree?
I don’t think you have much of an idea with Australia’s judicial system with regards to the internet. You can’t just go to court to attempt to close down a private Internet forum/website because somebody makes a claim about somebody.
 

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I don’t think you have much of an idea with Australia’s judicial system with regards to the internet. You can’t just go to court to attempt to close down a private Internet forum/website because somebody makes a claim about somebody.
Ever hear of NRL Memes?
 

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That wasn’t a private page or website, and was ultimately removed for violating the companies terms and conditions.
Exactly, a letter to the owner (facebook) and they shut it down. What do you think will happen if this pages owner gets a legal letter regarding one of its members.... Do you honestly expect the owners to go and obtain legal counsel to fight any claims?
 

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Exactly, a letter to the owner (facebook) and they shut it down. What do you think will happen if this pages owner gets a legal letter regarding one of its members.... Do you honestly expect the owners to go and obtain legal counsel to fight any claims?
No. There was no legal letter. The page was reported multiple times via its reporting tools, and was than subsequently taken down by facebook for “violating community standards”. Nothing to do with getting a court order.

Mark Geyer said he was going after the poster and was going to “unmask” them in court, but nothing eventuated because there was no case.
 

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No. There was no legal letter. The page was reported multiple times via its reporting tools, and was than subsequently taken down by facebook for “violating community standards”. Nothing to do with getting a court order.

Mark Geyer said he was going after the poster and was going to “unmask” them in court, but nothing eventuated because there was no case.
There's still a pending civil case right now

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/this-will-change-the-social-media-landscape-for-nrl-geyer-lawyer-20190501-p51j3x.html
 
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