Maryville mom upset over "revenge" Facebook page

Maryville mom upset over "revenge" Facebook page

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Shanda Emert and her daughter have been mentioned on the page. She first learned of the page a week ago. Shanda Emert and her daughter have been mentioned on the page. She first learned of the page a week ago.
The people who manage the page say it's like a "warning label" for relationships, and all they are doing is helping people. The people who manage the page say it's like a "warning label" for relationships, and all they are doing is helping people.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville mom says a Facebook page is causing her family severe emotional pain. The people who manage the page say it's like a "warning label" for relationships, and all they are doing is helping people.

We first looked into this story after a viewer contacted us, saying the page is taking revenge too far. A user would anonymously submit pictures and information about someone he/she had a relationship with in the past. That information is then posted on the page. 

We have decided not to identify the page.

The page was started anonymously earlier this month, and it already has nearly 1,000 Facebook likes. Most of the posts target people in Knox and Blount counties.

Shanda Emert and her daughter have been mentioned on the page.

"It's the trashiest page I've ever seen, and it's nothing but bullying," Emert said. 

She first learned of the page a week ago.

"My daughter came to me and she was bawling her eyes out. She said, 'Mom please look at this,' so I looked at it," Emert said.

Emert says the post called her daughter foul names, and said she used men for money. She says information in the posts are false. She also says her daughter did not go through a recent breakup,  so she doesn't think the post came from an ex, like the site says.

"I got on there and asked them to please remove the photo of my child. They refused. They got mad over it. Retaliated, put my picture up the very next day," Emert said.

Above her picture was the statement, "Cheats on her husband, has been caught numerous times, throws herself at younger men, encourages daughters to do the same. Pill head. Pot head, hypocrite and hater." Emert says these statements are false, as well.

"It is complete turmoil. It's horrible. We've lost sleep over it. We've cried over it. I know how I feel at 40 years old. I can't imagine how all these young girls feel that have been exposed on that web page, and I'm scared to death it's going to cause one of them to try to harm themselves," Emert said.

Emert has contacted Facebook administrators, the FBI, the Blount County Sheriff's Office, as well as an attorney, to see what her options are. She plans to file a lawsuit if she can prove who is running the page.

"Justice will be served," Emert said.

The page administrators sent these statements to 6 News:

"Nothing legal can be done. We are not doing anything wrong. None of us are from Tennessee, some of us are within the states, some of us are in different countries. The purpose of this page is to warn the new girlfriends/boyfriends. Kind of like a warning label. Wanna date this person? Let's see what they have done to their ex first. We are here to help people. We will not reveal our names because there is no reason for that. People send us stuff, we repost it 100 percent anonymously. That's it. Nothing comes from us, it's from someone the person being exposed has done wrong.

"No, I do not plan on taking it down permanently. We sometimes unpublish to clean up the site. But this page will always remain on Facebook. If it's reported enough and taken down, we will recreate it. There are tons of websites for the same purpose. Facebook is just easier access."

Legal expert Greg Isaacs says he can't talk about this case specifically, but says pages like this can break the law. It depends on several factors including the contents of a post, the intent of the post, and if it can be proven to be false.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office has a team of detectives who investigate cases like this. They were contacted about this page and tell 6 News they are looking into it.

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