using UK libel laws to bully web hosting services into shutting down blogs, regardless of the actual grounds

9 Aug 2011 – I just spotted this by chance in a search. It’s a year and a half old. From a Guardian article:
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/mar/10/liberal-democrats-digital-economy-bill

” We’ve seen repeated examples in recent years of how the UK’s libel laws can be used to bully web hosting services into shutting down blogs, regardless of the actual grounds. The vague scope of the Lib Dem amendment is likely to have a similar chilling effect on websites which, at the end of the day, are there to make money, not spend thousands of pounds in legal fees investigating every single complaint levelled at one of their users. This amendment will have the ultimate effect of making the internet just that little bit less free and more in the hands of big business while failing to achieve its stated objective of cracking down on internet piracy.”

It’s an important confirmation of how by the device of legal fear there is not really free speech on the web. Too many hosts will shut down anything without any regard for justification. This is part of how folks fighting back for fairness after exclusion experiences with bad autism sites find themselves struggling for any platform and how such sites avoid getting exposed.

depositphotos_58837141-at-symbol   Read page: why sites’ content of substance may not be gagged by legal threats

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