Calvin Ayre has a warning for the cryptocurrency world’s social media trolls: your words can and will be used against you in a court of law.
On April 1, Ayre’s attorneys served legal papers on the publishers of the UK-based Coin Rivet crypto blog, warning them that their post titled ‘You’re heading down a dark alley, John McAfee warns Calvin Ayre’ was “highly defamatory” and resulted in “serious damage” to their client’s reputation.
The article in question focused on Ayre’s recent trip to Cuba and his subsequent social media posts featuring photos and videos of himself with a local all-girl dance troupe hired to perform at a party he’d hosted.
Coin Rivet’s article, one of a series of posts published following the release of Ayre’s photos and videos, described the girls as “pre-teen” i.e. below the legal age of consent, and quoted McAfee saying Ayre was “wandering down a dark alley” and “dragging down” the overall crypto world.
The letter sent by Ayre’s attorneys to Coin Rivet pointed out that four of the five women in Ayre’s photos and videos were 18 years or older at the time of the party, while the youngest was 17.5 years old. In other words, none of the women was “pre-teen” and all of the women were well above the legal age of consent.
Ayre’s attorneys noted that no one at Coin Rivet had approached Ayre for comment before the article was published. Furthermore, Coin Rivet’s social media channels amplified the article’s circulation by promoting it as “today’s most clicked article” and “our most clicked article over the weekend and currently occupying top spot in our Trending Now section.”
Following receipt of the attorneys’ letter, Coin Rivet has taken the offending articles offline,