But hold up, say some commentators. The ruling also overly protects the libelous.
The actual author can just hide behind a wall of anonymity, and the forum admin or site operator can no longer be compelled to pierce that wall by a threat of being held responsible for the content themselves. It would be common sense if refusal to disclose the author's identity was construed as taking responsibility for libelous content, but that doesn't seem to be the case.Where do we stand, then? Wait for the next litigal outbreak.