Protect Me, AOL

from the trigger-happy-lawsuits dept

An Ohio man has sued AOL for failing to protect him from alleged online abuse from two other men in one of the company’s online chat rooms. The guy says the other two were making fun of him online, then one of them traveled to Ohio from Alabama to — wait for it — disrupt his mail service by turning in a change-of-address form at the local post office. It remains unclear as to exactly how this is the fault of AOL, in theory or in actuality, since courts have ruled that online publishers aren’t responsible for material written by others. Traveling several hundred miles to mess with somebody’s mail is both questionable and extreme. In any case, though, it’s still no match for the alleged harrassment of the world’s angriest eBay seller.

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