RFD: Make bionet.general moderated

Dave Kristofferson kristoff at NET.BIO.NET
Sun Sep 29 17:27:43 EST 1996


> On 29 Sep 1996 10:13:54 -0700, biosci-help at NET.BIO.NET (BIOSCI
> Administrator) wrote:
> 
> |
> |biological sciences.  Moderators take on legal liability for
> |approving/disapproving posts even if you say that you are only
> |filtering out ads.
> 
> Dave:
> 
> Can you provide any references or background for this?  It's been my
> understanding that moderators are not legally liable for information
> that others wish to post.  Am I mistaken?
> 
> Frank
> 
> Frank Heasley, Ph.D.
> Principal
> FSG Online - Jobs and Resumes in Biotechnology, Science and Medicine
> http://www.chemistry.com
> 
> 

I do not have the cases at hand but I am certain that I have read
before that by approving a message for distribution on a newsgroup you
can be targeted as a participant if the message is libelous.  We warn
all of our moderators about this.  Internet service providers have
been held blameless because they do not filter the messages.  However
the Prodigy service which did do some filtering consequently had a
case go against them in the past.  There have not been a lot of legal
tests to my knowledge, but we'd rather play it safe.

Dave




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