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Blog comments: moderation or censorship?

June 24, 2015

Eagle-Eyed Editor

Justice statue Justice image courtesy of southernfried, Morguefile.

Last week, I read a disturbing article describing a situation where a news site was held responsible for negative comments left on its blog. From what I understand, the negative comments involved hate speech and threats regarding one particular story. The article was written a couple of years ago, though.

(NOTE: Any following statements made below should not be considered legal advice. I leave that to properly qualified legal professionals.)

The article made me wonder: Will there come a time in the future where I might be held responsible for the readers’ comments on my personal blog? Right now, I doubt it, because comments come in from all over the world and determining jurisdiction would be a nightmare. Enforcing millions of comments on millions of blogs would be impossible.

It’s an ominous road. Some social media users have already gotten into trouble for using copyrighted pictures…

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