User generated site responsibility


Who is responsible for content posted by a user on the Web? The site owner or users themselves?

For example, who is guilty if one person insults somebody else using his blog or talk-back? The person or the site where he writes his texts?

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asked May 12 '11 at 01:10
Alex R
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I believe these details are always outlined in the legal documents. Terms of Service, and other policies... Most countries uphold freedom of speech however this may not hold true if any domestic or international laws are being broken.

Whenever in doubt regarding legalities, it is always best to consult a lawyer.

answered May 12 '11 at 01:28
509 points
  • U R right about lower. As a first step I decided to consult the community... – Alex R 13 years ago
  • @AlexR, don't get me wrong, definitely a great idea to consult the community. I've seen some stop there, so I'm glad to see you're leveraging your resources. In business that can only help. – Sam 13 years ago


In practical terms (from a business, not necessarily a legal perspective), you should assume that you are responsible for whatever content your users post. Your hosting company, and (as unlikely as it seems) even your domain registrar reserve the right to terminate your service if the actions of your users infringe on their TOS.

answered May 13 '11 at 23:37
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I talked to some lawyers about this recently, and they said that as long as you clarify in the terms of use/disclaimer, that you are simply the host of the information,and not the publisher, it is very difficult to win a lawsuit against you. Think of all the Yelps and various review sites that would not be around if not for this free speech act. I forget what it is called, but look into it. I once read the entire act and felt VERY assured that I could never lose a lawsuit if I abided by it.

answered Sep 11 '11 at 07:11
182 points


This will vary from legal system to legal system. There is no global answer.

A good lawyer, from a large firm used to dealing with these issues can at least give you practical advice based on your situation. You haven't given nearly enough information for anyone to advise on, and it wouldn't be worth you doing so anyway.

answered May 12 '11 at 23:14
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