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Thread #86832 Message #1617671
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Nov-05 - 08:48 PM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Well, I have to say that this quote is a relief to people who operate services like Mudcat:
Federal law also protects online corporations - BellSouth, AOL, MCI Wikipedia, etc. - from libel lawsuits. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, specifically states that "no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker." That legalese means that, unlike print and broadcast companies, online service providers cannot be sued for disseminating defamatory attacks on citizens posted by others.It's from the same article at news.yahoo.com. I suppose one could say that inaccuracy is one of the unfortunate side effects of free speech. I disagree with those who make scathing comments about the supposed inaccuracy of Wikipedia. I've found a lot of valuable information there - but considering the source, I do my best to double-check it. Much of the inaccurate information in Wikipedia is very easy to detect. It just doesn't make sense.
And, just as at Mudcat, the credible information is the stuff that's documented.