Have you ever been in trouble due to reader comments?

Haraki

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1. What are the legal complications of reader comments for site owners?

I'm creating a new site but this time I want to add Disqus. I've never allowed comments to my sites because of the added responsibility not only in time spent for moderation but the legal aspecs as well.

So here's what I found so far. From coralproject :

"if your site is based in the U.S., you’re protected from being legally liable for what commenters write, even if you filter or pre-moderate your comments, as long as:
  • you don’t change their content to change its intent or insert illegal content
  • you don’t encourage people to break the law with their comments
  • the commenter isn’t one of your employees or, in some cases, freelancers"

From section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, also known as CDA 230:

The first states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

The second provision states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.


2. Aside from legal, what other issues could come up? What's your experience?

3. What if your site is not hosted in the US? Are there laws in your country that give similar protection?

4. Given your site is hosted in the US but its contents apply to another country, are you protected?
 

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Personally, I’ve never cared about the comments
 

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Haraki

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Apologies for posting in the wrong section.

And thanks mod for the correction.
 
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