Shouldn't Lawyers Understand Online Liability?
from the another-one-of-these dept
Once review sites started popping up that allowed people to review former dating partners, it was only a matter of time before someone filed a lawsuit arguing that their reputation was ruined. That’s exactly what a Pittsburgh lawyer has done (via Broadband Reports), claiming that a review on dontdatehimgirl.com maliciously identified him as a womanizer with STDs. The company claims it can’t be held liable, based on the same laws protecting other online boards of user-submitted content. Practically, to require the site operator to monitor the veracity of everything posted would create an impossible burden. Still, just because the law gives these sites a pass, it doesn’t mean that character defamation and vigilantism aren’t a problem online. It’s just that his complaint should be with the woman, not the site itself.