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          Dirt, Lies and the Internet

          June 28, 2011

          Dr. Phil explores a popular new website that dishes the dirt on non-celebrities. Nik is the creator of TheDirty.com, where people can anonymously submit a photo and ridicule anyone in their community. Does this website go too far?

          Holding Others Accountable?
          Nik calls his website the first ever civilian paparazzi, where people can be held accountable for their actions. Nik and his attorney say there’s nothing illegal about the website, and people need to be more careful about what information they post online ” because it could be repurposed at their expense. Nik speaks out for the first time about his controversial website.



          “I think people like to see their neighbor get to a certain point and fall.”


           

          An Innocent Victim
          Bruna, 24, says she’s an aspiring model whose pictures ended up on the website three years ago, accompanied by horrible comments and slanderous accusations. She says the insulting posts have affected her self-confidence and made her withdraw socially and second-guess her friendships.


          “You pretty much ruined my life because of that.” 

           


           

          “Dirty Celebs”
          Nik’s wife, Shayne Lamas, often the subject of tabloids herself, offers her opinion. Did she know about her husband’s website before she married him? And, Nik’s attorney, David Gingras, gives his tips for protecting your reputation on the Internet. Plus, meet two people who say they’re considered “dirty celebs” after being featured on Nik’s website so often. How has it affected their lives?

          “What is legal is not necessarily what is decent and right.”

           

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