GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot Water

GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot Water

23 women have filed a class-action lawsuit against the owners of Texxxan.com. This website allows users to upload graphic photographs and videos known as “revenge porn.” As you might have guessed, these pictures are taken — without consent from subjects — from cellphones, computers, and other files by ex-boyfriends looking to anger ex-girlfriends.

GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot WaterNot only is Texxxan.com in trouble / hot water, but the web hosting company GoDaddy is also part of the suit. GoDaddy knew about the unethical website, and still allowed Texxxan.com to operate. Further, when one woman asked the site to take down her photograph, the site told her that the photo would only be taken down if she supplied her credit card information. Yikes!

GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot Water: Why GoDaddy Is In Trouble

As one lawyer who has taken this case, John S. Morgan, states: “GoDaddy is profiting off of it… it raises issues of corporate responsibility. Why would an organization like GoDaddy want to give its name to this type of website?”

The short answer is that GoDaddy wanted to continue to receive the funds that the site was generating. The long answer is that GoDaddy now has a tarnished name, and that can draw both bad and good publicity. Those who have never before heard of GoDaddy might now look at the hosting site, and those who have heard of it might now turn away from the site (hot water). Along with GoDaddy and Texxxan.com, the 23 women are also going after all subscribers.

GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot Water: Are You Responsible For What's On Your Site?

Texxxan.com claims that the company is not responsible for the content uploaded by users. Execs are largely hiding behind Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that websites are not liable for content submitted by those using a site. So, Facebook is not responsible for the photographs that you post, for example.

However, there's a loophole here. Texxxan.com advertised the type of content that was on the site, so the content legally became something that Texxxan.com knew about and promoted. Therefore, the content was no longer simply uploaded by anonymous users who had nothing to do with the site. The case has yet to be heard by the court, but the women behind the suit are hopeful that justice will be served.

At the time being, you may not be directly responsible for the content that's on your site. But, it will pay to shut down any user account that's questionable, or you might end up with a lawsuit. Then again, Texxxan.com (hot water) had to know that a suit of this kind would be coming down the pipeline at some point, and I'm betting they have some serious lawyers on their side.

GoDaddy is In Some X-Rated Hot Water: GoDaddy's Role In This

As a site host, GoDaddy should have shut down Texxxan.com. It is unclear whether or not any of the women impacted by this site contacted the website hosting company directly. If the company was contacted and did not act, GoDaddy could be in some serious trouble. For now, Texxxan.com (hot water)remains active.

It will be interesting to see how this case plays out. It could be a very valuable lesson for any site owners seeking to extort people, as was the case with Texxxan.com.

How to set nameservers on Godaddy

Setting Domain NameServers on GoDaddy

When you register a domain with GoDaddy then they set up your domain on the parked Name-servers due to which a temporary page displays when visitors go to your website. After the hosting provider is decided then you can change your domain name servers to remove that parked page and then activate your domain name.

How to set Nameservers for a Domain registered with GoDaddy

  1. Login into your Account Manager.
  2. Click on domains and then click Launch.
  3. Select the domain name you want to modify.
  4. From settings select set Name-servers
  5. Now select one of the following:-
    • I want to park my domains – This option parks your domain name on Godaddy parked servers. When someone opens your domain name from a Web browser, godaddy's default parking page is displayed.
    • I want to forward my domains – Use this option if you want to forward this domain name to another URL.
    • I have a hosting account with these domains Use this option when your domain name is hosted with GoDaddy.
    • I have specific name-servers for my domains – This option indicates that you are hosting your domain name with another company (enter the two or more name-servers your hosting provider gave you), or you have custom name-servers you want to use for this domain name.

How to set Nameservers for Domain name registered elsewhere

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  4. From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager.
  5. Click change zone.
  6. Select the domain name you want to use, and then click OK.

Your domain's name-servers display in the NS (Name-server) section. You must provide these name-servers to your domain name's current registrar.

Example of Standard DNS nameservers:
ns01.domain control .com
ns02.domain control .com

Example of Premium DNS nameservers:
pdns01.domain control .com
pdns02.domain control .com

How much time is taken in resolving the DNS?

After updating your name-servers, allow 4 to 8 hours for other networks to access information for .com and .net domain names, and allow 24 to 48 hours for other networks to access information for all other domain extensions. If you have difficulty, contact our 24/7 technical support team for assistance.

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