March 5, 2001

AOL sides with anonymous posters

Author: JT Smith

The Wall Street Journal (via ZDNet) reports: "AOL Time Warner Inc. wants to stop being a tattletale -- and help chill the rash of defamation lawsuits against people who post anonymous messages on the Internet.

In a legal filing, the Dulles, Va., media giant blasts these lawsuits as an abuse of the legal system and says they threaten to curtail free speech on the Internet. AOL provides Internet access to more than 26 million subscribers, who account for a significant volume of online postings."


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