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May 15th, 2008, 07:55 AM #1The liability of runing a community
How accountable can I be held by the laws of the land for posts on my discussion forum made by others?
Example: someone makes a post and states what they believe is fact, based upon their personal experience, and that fact is questioned or disputed. As an administrator of my forum I can't find a reason to delete the post due to the fact it is a post they genuinely made regarding their view based on their experience. However, the validity of the post is disputed by others.
May 15th, 2008, 08:00 AM #2
Non legal opinion: Wikipedia would have been sued to ashes years ago if that were true. However, providing false information in order to drive sales is questionable.
A webmaster has been granted a level of protection in the past from the postings of it's members. There is precedent there.
May 15th, 2008, 08:13 AM #3
May 30th, 2008, 12:01 PM #4
- Join Date
- April 23rd, 2008
- Washington, DC
I think this has been sufficiently answered. One of the only times you might need to pay attention is when there is clearly hateful and/or inciteful speech posted on your website. Even if this were the case, the chances are very slight anything could be claimed against you unless you could be clearly seen as a willing enabler. Just about everything else would be viewed as protected speech.
By websmith in forum Programming / Datafeeds / ToolsReplies: 6Last Post: July 11th, 2008, 06:40 PM