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Websites should have protection from defamation cases if they act quickly to remove anonymous postings which prompt a complaint, a report says.
A joint parliamentary committee says it wants a "cultural shift" so that posts under pseudonyms are not considered "true, reliable or trustworthy".
It says websites which identify authors and publish complaints alongside comments should get legal protection.
But Mumsnet said the proposal could have a "chilling effect" on websites.
where potentially defamatory comments are anonymous, the website should immediately remove them on receipt of a complaint, unless the author agrees to identify themselves, the report says.
Making a board owner liable as "primary publisher" if s/he fails to take action over a defamatory post seems perfectly reasonable.
I don't see a forum owner putting themselves at risk, they'll simply remove anything that has a complaint whether legitimate or not.