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Moderating a UK based review website - practical considerations

Moderating a UK based review website - practical considerations

Freedom of expression is held as the essential foundation of a democratic society and so forum and review website operators are often reluctant to censor their website and fear a chilling effect. Many operators operate their websites out of passion and with a strong belief in a specific cause.

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Moderating posts on a review website. What are the requirements and what should your policy be?

Our forum has an international audience, so how does this affect liability?

UK law is relatively stringent when it comes to the liability of website and forum operators in defamation. Compare this for example to the law in the USA, whether you as a forum operator or a review website moderate posts or not, you are immune from liability. As such, in most cases an international audience does not usually require you to meet more stringent requirements.

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Legal liability of forum operators in the UK

As the forum operator, am I liable for the comments posted on my website authored by third-parties?

The first question clients who set up a new website with a discussion forum or a review site ask is usually regarding their liability. Despite stringent UK laws, as a general rule, forum operators are not liable for the comments posted by users on their website.

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