rogerd - 12:02 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Under pressure from state attorneys general, the community news site Topix has stopped charging users a $19.99 fee to prioritize their requests to review allegedly abusive posts.
In a joint statement with 35 attorneys general, the Palo Alto, Calif-based company also said it will aim to examine and delete any such posts within three working days. The attorneys general did not allege that Topix's priority fee was illegal.
This seems like something that could impact a wide variety of online communities. Topix is unique to some degree, as they have almost no moderation and lots of activity - 125,000 posts a day.