New law to protect bloggers from defamatory comments on their sites

Last Updated: October 19, 2013By

Good news on the threat that bloggers will be liable to libel actions if defamatory comments are put up on their sites – the government has drafted regulations to protect us.
Mr Hencke’s assertion that WordPress won’t stop existing commenters from putting up new comments is only partially right. This function can be turned off, allowing the site owner to moderate the lot. I’ve done it – but I’ve forgotten how. Have a look at your dashboard, David!


  1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 October 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    This is, indeed good news for bloggers. I once had someone claiming to have written all the children’s books rightly attributed to an extremely famous children’s author. Obviously I did not approve the comment because, quite patently the person making the comment had not written the books! Fortunately the commentor had not previously commented on my blog so their comment did not appear by default!

  2. Thomas October 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Hey, even this government can very rarely get something right.

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