When the lawyers come knocking

I worry occasionally about the exposure of my websites to legal action. I found this useful:

When Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it expressly provided that Web site operators were not to be treated as publishers of the content users add to their sites.

Section 230, the safe harbor provision of the act, has principally protected Web site operators from a variety of damaging content, including defamation claims, misrepresentations, breaches of contract and even civil rights violations. As Internet technology has advanced, protection for message boards has expanded to cover blog hosts, sites that solicit customer comments and reviews, and classified ad sites, notably Craigslist.

But the article went on to talk abot a recent case that went the other way, so "Section 230’s safe harbor is now dotted with rocks and shoals—and more are likely to appear. You’ll need an increasingly steady hand at the wheel to steer clear of them.".

Now all I have to worry about is the things I say.