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Thread Control: Lessons from USA Today

July 18, 2007

Thread Control: Lessons from USA Today

When USA Today's staff redesigned the online arm of the national newspaper, they included plenty of space for ordinary readers to "join the conversation"...

The job is somewhat easier online than in print, thanks to a section in the 1996 Communication Decency Act that shields owners of Web forums from the comments made in them. "In essence, Congress has said that the soapbox should not be held liable for what the speaker has said," says Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit public advocacy group focused on free speech online.

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