[Vision2020] Re: Fwd: Prayer request

Tbertruss at aol.com Tbertruss at aol.com
Sat Aug 28 10:08:03 PDT 2004


Actually, there can be legal consequences for publicizing false information 
on the Internet that damages someone's livelihood or reputation.  If the 
Hotmail home page that huge numbers of people see every day had a banner ad that 
declared DC is a serial killer, you could sue Microsoft, no doubt about it.  
Hotmail is a commercial site, Microsoft manages the content of their Hotmail home 
page, and can be held liable if they allow false damaging information about 
someone on that page.

Another factor to consider is that slander and libel law gives tremendous 
leeway to examine public figures conduct without this examination being allowed 
as a basis for legal action against the sources of the information, even when 
the information made public turns out to be false or misleading.  So if you are 
in the Chamber of Commerce, etc., or the leader of a large church seeking to 
proselytize the community, there is more legal maneuvering room allowed for 
public comment on your actions and character, than if you were Joe Hermit living 
secluded on Moscow Mountain.

So Kimmell and Wilson have less grounds to sue for damaging or false 
information made public than a person leading a very private life would have.

Someone correct me please if the above information is false or misleading!

Ted Moffett
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