Getting "Dirty" Online Jeopardizes Immunity

The News Media and the Law
Cynthia A. Gierhart

A recent federal court decision has sent a warning to website owners who get too involved in the comments readers post to their sites. A federal district court in Kentucky ruled in August that the owner of the website TheDirty.com cannot claim immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) because he “invite[d] invidious postings” and added his own comments to third-party posts.

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