European court: website is responsible for defamatory comments

European court of human rights“In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers.”

Oh. My.

“The Grand Chamber emphasised a number of factors that led it to rule that Delfi was liable: the “extreme” nature of the comments which the court considered to amount to hate speech, the fact that they were published on a professionally-run and commercial news website, the insufficient measures taken by Delfi to weed out the comments in question ….[link]

European Court of Human Rights in Strausburg

So what is this European Court of Human Rights of which you speak?  Whatever it is, Tories hate it. “Hardly surprising, I suppose,” quips a senior British court official. “Our name contains the words ‘European’ and ‘human rights’. Not exactly a winning combination.”

[H/T to Vigilant at Wikipediocracy, discussion here.]

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