Commenter Anonymity

Posted on

  • email
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • share this

share this

advertisement

A ruling Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision and said NewsZap.com, an online forum run by Independent Newspapers Inc., does not have to disclose the identities of participants in a 2006 online exchange about the cleanliness of a Dunkin' Donuts shop in Centreville, Md.

Now that the courts have ruled in favor of Internet anonymity (at least partially and perhaps only for now), websites involved in defamation suits will not have to reveal the identity of readers who post comments on their sites. Instead, those that think they are being maligned actually will have to convince the anonymous poster to share their information, because the courts will not.

I'm not sure how far anonymous commenting might extend to other issues like safety or threats, but it's clear that disclosing the identities of people who choose to remain anonymous while actively commenting at your site would have a negative effect in building community. So this is good news for all Web professionals!

 

Custom WordPress Design Themes at 99designs.com. Get the most designs for your buck when you start a design project!


Login To Comment

forget your login information?

Become a Member

Not already a part of our community? Sign up to participate in the discussion. It’s free and quick.

Sign Up

1 comment

AtifZain 03-02-2009 10:40 PM

Good news for all Web professionals

Add to the discussion!

advertisement

999 E Touhy Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Toll Free: 1.800.817.1518
International: 1.773.628.2779
Fax: 1.773.272.0920
Email: info@websitemagazine.com

Facebook


Twitter