Celeb Spellcheck has announced a major content change after fans accused the Instagram gossip account of promoting drug use.
The anonymous administrator of the profile, a Melbourne woman in her late 20s, said during a Q&A on Monday that after listening to feedback from her followers, she would no longer share messages about illegal drugs.
Going forward, she will not publish images of celebrities using drugs, spread rumors of alleged drug use, or allow users to post comments alluding to drugs.
Changes: Instagram gossip account Celeb Spellcheck announced a major content change after fans accused the anonymous admin of promoting drug use (stock photo)
The Celeb Spellcheck Administrator decided to ban drug posts after being sued for her own recreational cocaine use, which she often refers to in her weekly Q & As.
She said, ‘I got some feedback from a follower who said they felt I was promoting drug use because I mentioned it a few times in Q & As, and the comment got quite a few likes.
‘The reason I was open about it was because I don’t think it’s fair to judge influencers for doing rules if I dabble myself every once in a while.
Lesson Learned: The profile’s anonymous administrator, a Melbourne woman in her late twenties, said during a Q&A on Monday that she would no longer share posts about illegal drugs after listening to feedback from her followers
Moderation: Going forward, she will not publish images of celebrities using drugs, spreading rumors of alleged drug use, or allowing users to post comments that allude to drugs
However, I think their feedback was justified and I have adopted it. I would never want people to think that I am promoting or encouraging drug use. ‘
A new drug policy wasn’t the only announcement from Celeb Spellcheck on Monday.
The administrator also apologized to former Bachelor star Laurina Fleure for sharing a video on March 14 where she appeared to be sniffing a line of white powder at a party.
Apology: Celeb Spellcheck also apologized to former Bachelor star Laurina Fleure (pictured) for sharing a video on March 14 where she appeared to be sniffing a line of white powder at a party
The video was filmed by a party guest without Laurina’s knowledge or consent.
The footage was viewed over 100,000 times on Celeb Spellcheck before it was removed, and Laurina later said she felt “ humiliated ” by the exposure.
‘I feel sick. I am humiliated. I don’t know what else to say. I’m really embarrassed, ” she told The Herald Sun, adding that she usually leads a “ sober lifestyle, ” but sometimes “ the scales tip the other way and I get a blowout … when I go out. ”
When asked if she regretted posting Laurina’s video, Celeb Spellcheck said, ‘Yes, I do. That was unfair of me and I personally apologized to her. ‘
Regret: When asked if she was sorry to post Laurina’s video, Celeb Spellcheck said, ‘Yes, I do. That was unfair of me and I apologized privately to her ‘
Elsewhere, the administrator said she was not concerned about defamation threats from disaffected influencers such as Sophie Cachia and Ruby Tuesday Matthews.
When a follower asked, “Are you worried about legal action if you go ahead,” the admin replied, “No, from a legal standpoint, I’m very comfortable with what I’m posting.”
She also made it clear that she would not be silenced by influencers who ignore Covid-19’s rules and then complain about being called out for it.
Not to worry: Elsewhere, the administrator said she was not concerned about defamation threats from disaffected influencers such as Sophie Cachia and Ruby Tuesday Matthews
‘I’ll never apologize for that’: she also made it clear she wouldn’t be silenced by influencers who ignore Covid-19’s rules, then complain about being called out for it
If I stand behind one type of content for this account, it calls Covid lawbreakers. I’ll never apologize for that, ”she said.
Several influencers and reality stars have criticized Celeb Spellcheck, accusing the story of ‘bullying’ by spreading gossip and correcting their bad spelling.
However, a top attorney from Sydney has claimed that it would be nearly impossible to successfully sue an account like Celeb Spellcheck for defamation.
Employment and media attorney John Laxon said Outspoken podcast on March 29, it is very difficult to prosecute someone hiding behind an anonymous account.
Celeb Spellcheck Explained
Celeb Spellcheck started a few years ago as an account that made fun of the bad spelling of Instagram models, but has since become a platform to confront influencers about their lies and irresponsible behavior.
The profile is also a hub for user-submitted gossip about influencers.
Celeb Spellcheck has been criticized in recent months, with Tayla Damir accusing the page of “ bullying. ”
[Social media platforms] never volunteer who is behind it [accounts like Celeb Spellcheck]You have to use legal proceedings to force the platforms to tell you, ‘he said.
“It’s really hard when you’re up against multinational platforms like Google or Facebook,” he added, noting that such legal proceedings are both expensive and time-consuming.
Even if you manage to identify the anonymous user behind accounts like Celeb Spellcheck, they might not even be worth suing if they don’t have any assets, Mr. Laxon added.
What if it’s a teen operating from their bedroom? There’s no point in suing someone who has no possessions because you can’t get anything out of it if you do, ‘he said.
Mr. Laxon also pointed to another challenge: proving that the post is actually defamatory (in the sense that it would damage someone’s reputation) and not true either.
If the message is true, it cannot be defamatory, so it makes sense that simply re-posting someone else’s typos isn’t covered by the definition of defamation.
So, assuming you have identified the person, you have to be absolutely sure that you have been defamed and that what they published is defamatory and untrue, he said.
“If a publisher can easily rely on the defense of the truth, someone would be crazy to sue him for slander.”
Mr. Laxon noted that a photo or video “typically speaks for itself,” so simply reposting an uneducated celebrity image or video is in the defense of the truth.
In January, Celeb Spellcheck revealed that a celebrity once tried to sue her for defamation for uploading a video of them “ using drugs. ”
However, she insinuated that the person’s attempt was unsuccessful, saying, “They said it was her” acne medication “lol.”
On March 20, Celeb Spellcheck suddenly erased its archive of content after a wave of backlash from influencers and D-listers.
In a message to their 144,000 followers on March 20, the admin shut down rumors that they were dealing with lawsuits or that their identities were about to be revealed.
Instead, they said they were taking a break to find out the future of the account.
After making sure the fans were “ all right, ” the account owner explained their decision to delete the profile.
‘I’m not going to be prosecuted (I know, lol) and I don’t risk my identity being revealed,’ they wrote.
‘I’m taking a break while thinking about the future of this account.
“Moderating the comments has become quite time consuming (but very necessary), as has dealing with all the other things that come with having a large audience.”
The person behind the account admitted that they were considering whether to reveal their identity and whether to monetize the page or not.
They also said they wondered if they would continue “gossiping.”
The Celeb spell check account was restored on March 29, minus a few dozen messages.
Celeb Spellcheck started a few years ago as an account that makes fun of bad spelling on sponsored Instagram posts, but has since become a platform to confront influencers about their lies and irresponsible behavior.
The profile is also a hub for user-submitted gossip.
That’s why Celeb Spellcheck has drawn comparisons to DeuxMoi, the popular Instagram account that gathers and disseminates unverified American celebrity rumors from its 820,000 followers.